A new survey has shown that Beijing has beaten out Seoul, Brussels, Singapore and Washington DC to earn a place among the world’s most globally influential cities, China Daily reported Monday.
The Chinese capital was ranked eighth, ascending into the top 10 for first time, according to the 2014 A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI) released on Monday, it said.
The GCI, conducted every two years since 2008, measures the level of global engagement for 84 cities across five dimensions – business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.
Beijing’s rise in the rankings was attributed to sharp progress in four out of five GCI criteria: activities of Fortune 500 companies, employees at international schools, number of broadband subscribers, and cultural exchanges between museums.
Hong Kong, meanwhile, has remained in the No. 5 spot for the last six years. The city, however, fell to No. 9 from No. 5 in information exchange, and was overtaken by Beijing and London in business activity and by Tokyo and Chicago in human capital, according to the report.
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