Ivan Turok is professor of urban economic development at the University of Glasgow. He has just returned from a study visit to Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian and Changchun at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He wrote on Sunday Herald online: “Jack McConnell returned from his recent week-long visit to China with some memorable impressions of its cities – towering new skyscrapers that chequer the urban landscape for mile after mile – and an action plan of how Scottish-based firms might benefit from China’s stunning economic growth.
But beneath these symbols of transformation there are some serious concerns about the character of that growth, and particularly whether it is sustainable in the long term. ”