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            Top 10 mainland cities based on integration into world city network

            By Zhang Liying
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            Ten cities on the Chinese mainland rank within the first 100 on "The World According to GaWC: City Classification for 2020", a research report released by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) on Aug. 21.

            The research assesses cities in terms of their advanced producer services using a model called "interlocking network". Cities are classified into four major levels of world city network integration, dubbed as Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Sufficiency. Under each level there are several sub-categories.

            Results are derived from the activities of 175 leading firms providing advanced producer services across 707 cities worldwide.

            A total of 34 cities on the Chinese mainland appear on the report. Shanghai and Beijing are the two mainland cities that fall into the Alpha+ category. 

            According to a relevant research bulletin, advanced producer service firms reflect how cities operate as key components of the global economy.

            "Advanced producer service firms are the network makers; they [help] create the world city network through their everyday practices linking offices across the world. This defines a different type of network, an interlocking network," the bulletin explained.

            Here are the top 10 mainland cities based on integration into the world city network: 

            10. Wuhan 

            Photo taken on July 29, 2020, shows a view of Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. [Photo/VCG]

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