PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (3): 418-426.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.03.012

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Spatial pattern of foreign direct investment of China's textile enterprises

Yuting FAN1,2,3(), Weidong LIU1,2,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2017-03-17 Revised:2018-03-01 Online:2018-03-28 Published:2018-03-28
  • Contact: Weidong LIU;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.42530751


China's textile industry has gained encouraging achievements and become a primary industry integrating investment, production, consumption, employment opportunity provision, and foreign exchange earning. However, in recent years, influenced by its own developmental dilemma and instabilities in the global economic environment, weaknesses in its development have gradually surfaced. Enhancing its competitiveness and sustainable development capability by optimizing the layout of foreign investment and creating new development advantages will play an important role in the development of China's textile industry. On the basis of reviewing existing studies on foreign direct investment of domestic textile enterprises, supplemented by statistical information, field research, and interviews of senior managers, this article presents an analytical framework of spatial strategies of foreign investment of China's textile enterprises. This article also analyzes the spatial distribution and choice of industry of foreign direct investment of China's textile enterprises. At last, this article analyzes the difficulties and challenges of foreign direct investment and put forward spatially differentiated strategies for foreign investment of China's textile enterprises.

Key words: textile enterprises, foreign direct investment, locational choice, spatially differentiated strategies, China