Seven new free trade zones (FTZ) began operation across China on April 1, with the aim of further opening up the country and coordinating development between various regions. The new zones are in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi, as well as in Chongqing municipality, with each area having its own priorities…Full Article: Apr 2017

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  • In April 2017, free trade zones (FTZ) began operating in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, as well as Chongqing municipality.

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  • In January 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping promoted establishing a FTZ in Shanghai during a speech. In February 2017, according to the Deputy Director of Shanghai municipal Development and Reform Commission, it will take three to four years to redesign and formulate a new rules and regulations relating the free trade port. The free trade port will be situated within the Yangshan and Pudong airport zones of southern Shanghai.
  • From September 2013 to 2016, the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone has recorded approximately 40,000 newly-registered companies.
  • In August 2016, China’s Minister of Commerce announced that FTZs would be established in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, and Henan. At the time of the announcement, no deadline had been set for the establishment of the new FTZs. The future FTZs in Henan and Shaanxi are expected to link up and boost China’s “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative.
  • In November 2015, a Taiwan commodity center was opened in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone. Taiwanese goods were to be sold directly within the Shanghai FTZ, while the FTZ itself will market the goods on its e-commerce platform.
  • In April 2015, the Tianjin Free-Trade Zone, Fujian Free-Trade Zone, and the Guangdong Free-Trade Zone were launched.
  • In September 2013, the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone was launched.
  • In the autumn of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, a strategic initiative to boost the economic development and trade of countries lying along the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea, as well as overland in Central Asia and Europe.

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