CITIES & THE WEALTH OF NATIONS
Dalian, China — With a population over 6 million, Dalian is a major city and seaport in Northeast China. The city serves as a regional financial base and international shipping and logistics center. Dalian has maintained a continuous double-digit increase in GDP since 1992 — experiencing a 15 percent increase in 2009.
Dalian’s main industries include machine manufacturing, petrochemicals and oil refining, and electronics. Several enterprises in shipbuilding, internal-combustion engines, and bearings are the largest firms of their type in China. Dalian boasts businesses in metal and lumber processing, component parts consolidation, and distribution. The city is also growing as an IT and software center.