PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (5): 880-895.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2022.05.011

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Logic of production of space of the Hainan Free Trade Port

ZHANG Hui(), GUO Qingbin()   

  1. School of Economics, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China
  • Received:2021-08-18 Revised:2021-10-29 Online:2022-05-28 Published:2022-07-28
  • Contact: GUO Qingbin;
  • Supported by:
    Major Project of National Social Science Foundation of China(19ZDA110);National Natural Science Foundation of China(718630056);National Social Science Foundation of China(18BJL056);National Social Science Foundation of China(19BJY194)


Developing free trade ports with Chinese characteristics is a strategy of the Communist Party of China Central Committee to deepen reform and expand opening up in the new era. The Hainan Free Trade Port is the product of promoting the spatial production of the new pattern of comprehensive opening up. Based on Lefebvre's spatial trivariate dialectics, this study analyzed the logic of spatial production of the Hainan Free Trade Port. Lefebvre's framework can be visualized as the three-dimensional logic of "capital-power-strategy". From the perspective of the logic of capital, the Hainan Free Trade Port has the characteristics of spatialization of capital and capitalization of space. Under the influence of the space of flow, its three-level capital circulation process is conducive to promoting the Hainan Free Trade Port to build a new highland of open economy and an international tourism and consumption center. From the perspective of the logic of power, the Hainan Free Trade Port can regulate the government power by means of constructing institutional space, and promote Hainan to build a pilot zone for deepening reform and opening up, and a pilot zone for national ecological civilization. From the perspective of the logic of strategy, the Hainan Free Trade Port is a form of "new national space", representing the strategic significance of the national major strategic service support base, the South China Sea maritime community with a shared future, and the global governance plan of China. From the theoretical point of view, using the framework of space production to analyze the geographical logic of free trade ports with Chinese characteristics can enhance people's understanding of China's reform and opening-up practice, and has reference value for further deepening the reform and opening up.

Key words: production of space, spatialization of capital, regulation of power, new national space, Hainan Free Trade Port