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China Announces Sites and Priorities for Six Further Pilot Free Trade Zones

4 Sept 2019

China has designated six provinces / autonomous regions as sites for additional Pilot Free Trade Zones (FTZs) – Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hebei, Yunnan and Heilongjiang....Read More

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China to Separate Business Licences and Operation Permits in all FTZs

30 Aug 2019

The policy of separating business licences and operation permits is to be implemented in all the country’s Pilot Free Trade Zones as of 1 December this year. At the same time, efforts are to be made t...Read More

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Enlargement of Shanghai Free Trade Zone Confirmed

14 Aug 2019

The State Council announced on 6 August a number of priorities relating to the establishment of the Lingang New Area as an extension to the existing Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), including the deliv...Read More

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Hainan Unveils Free Trade Zone Facilitation Measures

13 Aug 2019

The Action Plan of Hainan Province for Optimising the Business Environment (2019-2020) has now been issued by the Hainan Provincial People’s Government. This new policy document outlines a number of m...Read More

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Shenzhen Facilitates Further Opening of the Guangdong Free Trade Zone

13 Aug 2019

The Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government has issued the Work Plan on Several Measures for Supporting Reform and Innovation in the Pilot Free Trade Zone, a blueprint for deepening reform and promotin...Read More

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China Announces New Supportive Measures for Visa and Work Permit Applications

7 Aug 2019

The Immigration and entry / exit procedures, as well as a number of new visa arrangements, trialled in the country’s Pilot Free Trade Zones have now been implemented on a national basis....Read More

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China Announces Liberalised Entry-Exit Regime for Hainan Free Trade Zone

23 July 2019

Details of the new immigration, entry-exit and transport management procedures that will apply to Hainan as it evolves into a Free Trade Zone (Port) have been released by the Ministry of Public Securi...Read More

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China Cuts Foreign Investment Restrictions

17 July 2019

The number of sectors where foreign investment is restricted has been reduced from 48 to 40 on a national basis and from 45 to 37 in the case of businesses operating within one of the mainland’s Pilot...Read More

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Guangdong to Implement Free Trade Zone Lessons on Province-Wide Basis

28 June 2019

The lessons learnt from the success of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone are to be put into practice across the province, according to a statement from the Guangdong People’s Government....Read More

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Hainan Free Trade Zone (3): The Burgeoning Medical Tourism Sector video

10 April 2019

With Hainan Island being established as a free trade zone (FTZ), the provincial government is putting a lot of effort into developing the island’s tourism industry, including medical tourism. In Novem...Read More

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Hainan Free Trade Zone (2): Preferential Policies and Business Opportunities video

27 March 2019

The Hainan Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is expected to play a major role in the Chinese government’s development strategy. To facilitate this, the central government has set up a top-level body to shape and ...Read More

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Hainan Free Trade Zone (1): Background and Positioning video

6 March 2019

The Overall Plan of the China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was released by the State Council on 16 October 2018, setting out the specific proposals for Hainan FTZ’s development. With building ...Read More

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China Unveils Blueprint for FTZ Transformation of Hainan Island

31 Oct 2018

Further details of plans to transform the whole of Hainan Island into China’s newest Free Trade Zone (FTZ) have been released by the State Council....Read More

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Streamlined Cosmetics Import Procedures Trialled in Qianhai-Shekou Area

15 Oct 2018

The Guangdong Provincial Food and Drug Administration recently announced that, with immediate effect, non-special-use cosmetics entering the country via the Shenzhen Qianhai-Shekou Area of the Guangdo...Read More

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Shanghai Clarifies Applicability of Cross-Border Trade in Services’ Negative List

15 Oct 2018

Shanghai recently issued two policy documents intended to clarify the role of the Negative List with regard to the cross-border trade in services, with a particular focus on its implications for the o...Read More

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Guangdong Scraps Approvals for Cross-Location Drug Advertising and Radiopharmaceutical Use

26 Sept 2018

The Food and Drug Administration of Guangdong Province will no longer be accepting applications relating to either the cross-location filing of drug advertisements or licences for the use of radiophar...Read More

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Zhuhai Set to Implement Existing Free Trade Area Reforms on Citywide Basis

20 Sept 2018

The Zhuhai government plans to extend six of the reforms and innovations currently being trialled in the Hengqin New Area of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone to the whole of the city....Read More

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Shanghai FTZ Looks to Upgrade Financial Services Offer

26 July 2018

To further open-up the financial sector and to maintain Shanghai’s lead role within it, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Administrative Committee recently introduced 25 measures, across six key sec...Read More

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China Further Liberalises Free Trade Zone Sectors for Foreign Investment

23 July 2018

Foreign investment within the country’s Pilot Free Trade Zones has now been okayed in an additional 50 sectors....Read More

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Pilot Free Trade Zones Reforms Approved for China-wide Implementation

17 July 2018

Many of the reforms trialed in the country’s Pilot Free Trade Zones are to be rolled out on a national basis, with the State Council calling on the relevant government departments to prioritise their ...Read More

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