In a survey by the Economic Information Daily covering several provinces, municipalities and cities, some experts said that the conditions have been ripe for rapid industrial transfer from eastern China to the country’s central and western regions.
According to the survey, the current transfer is still sporadic, unregulated and restricted by several factors.
First, the overall development costs are high in western China due to a bottleneck in transportation and logistics. Matching capacities to support industrial development is also weak.
Second, local finances in western areas are not strong enough to support preferential policies that attract investment projects.
Third, the investment climate needs improvement. Some businesses in eastern China pointed out four investment concerns they have regarding western China: policy uncertainties; too many procedures, local governments’ solicitations and arbitrary apportions.
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(China.org.cn September 21, 2007)