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

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 podcast

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 podcast

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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Dedicated Area Set to Trial Hainan’s Future Free Trade Policies and Practices

3 July 2018

As a precursor to Hainan’s shift to full Free Trade Zone status, a move scheduled to be completed by 2020, a 298 sq km site on the east coast of Haikou, the island-province’s capital, is to be develop...Read More

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China Spells Out Future Roles for the Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian Free Trade Zones

15 June 2018

Greater autonomy has been promised to three of the country’s Pilot Free Trade Zones – Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian....Read More

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Planned Hainan Free Trade Zone and Free Trade Port Gain Official Assent

31 May 2018

Plans to push ahead with the construction of the China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone and an accompanying free trade port have now been granted official approval....Read More

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Hainan Set for Free Trade Zone and Free Port Status

23 April 2018

Hainan is to be transformed into both a Pilot Free Trade Zone and a Free Trade Port, with the province set to expand its tourism remit, while also opening-up to the wider world on a more general basis...Read More

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Hong Kong and Macau Workers Granted Semi-Local Status in Qianhai

16 April 2018

Any Hong Kong or Macau resident looking to work in the Qianhai special economic zone will no longer need to secure an Employment Permit....Read More

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Pre-Approval Waived for First Import of Non-Special-Use Cosmetics via any Mainland FTZ

12 April 2018

Non-special use cosmetics will no longer require official pre-approval when they are first imported to China if they transit through any of the country’s 11 Pilot Free Trade Zones (FTZs)....Read More

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New Incentive Measures Proposed for Shanghai FTZ and Pudong New Area

29 March 2018

Some 20 new incentive measures are on offer for businesses looking to operate from within the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone or the Pudong New Area. The prospective new arrangements are detailed in 20...Read More

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Greater Room for Foreign Investment in the 11 Pilot Free Trade Zones

19 Jan 2018

A number of temporary adjustments are to be made to the regulations relating to the administration of China’s 11 Pilot Free Zones....Read More

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Shanghai Reforms on Business Administrative Measures Extended to FTZs

1 Nov 2017

A number of reforms trialed in the Shanghai Pudong New Area – including providing greater clarity as to the distinct functions and entitlements of business licences, operating permits and integrated b...Read More

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