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  1. 'Twin cities' boost plans for free-trade zone

    Posted Jun 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting China and Russia are beefing up trade by establishing economic co-operation between two border cities with the aim of expanding the area into a larger free-trade zone. Heihe, ... Also, import and export companies will be able to settle their accounts in their own currencies without foreign exchanges. A larger free-trade zone between Heilongjiang and Amur- the Russian ...

  2. Ruling on quotas a victory for free trade

    Posted Jan 04th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This is the first big victory for the pro-free-trade forces. The ruling shows that lifting the quotas creates winners and losers within nations as well as among them. Those who will gain most from opening ... intends to give some of them preferential treatment when imposing tariffs. The US is also seeking to soften the blow on countries that are seriously affected. But the removal of the comfort zone ...

  3. City firms fail to reap free-trade benefits

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung in Beijing The potential benefits of the free-trade pact between Hong Kong and the mainland are not being fully realised, according to a prominent mainland economist. Zhang ... their focus in the Pearl River Delta or big cities like Shanghai,' he said. Professor Zhang said Hong Kong enjoyed advantages in service industries while the sector was underdeveloped in many ...

  4. China Merchants wins nod for Qingdao port

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... Andy Cheng in Qingdao 4.5b yuan state-approved facility will include free-trade zone, logistics centre The central government has given China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) the green light to operate a 4.5 billion yuan port with a free-trade zone and logistics centre in Qingdao, Shandong province, as part of a state pilot scheme. Hu Zheng, executive director ...

  5. Singaporean PM visits to speed up free-trade talks

    Posted Oct 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes talks with Beijing on establishing a free-trade area can be accelerated. Speaking before leaving Singapore for his maiden visit to the mainland as prime minister, Mr Lee said the two sides had completed negotiations on the tariff reduction part of the free-trade agreement. It was hoped the two countries could speed ...

  6. HK sings the praises of free trade

    Posted Dec 14th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen kicked off the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the WTO by singing the praises of free trade and urging member economies to follow in the footsteps of Hong Kong in promoting greater trade liberalisation. 'Hong Kong has relied on free trade and an entrepreneurial and hardworking population to transform this once sleepy fishing ...

  7. Home of free trade?

    Posted Dec 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If practising what one preaches were a requirement, then few places could rival Hong Kong as an economy that truly supports free trade. The Heritage Foundation, for example, has consistently ranked us as the freest economy in the world. In a world ravaged by trade-distorting tariffs and subsidies, a decision by the WTO to move its headquarters here- because of Hong Kong's free-trade credentials- ...

  8. Protesters shoot themselves in foot when they oppose free trade

    Posted Dec 13th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of their right to survival... The WTO supports free trade, but farmers' and workers' rights are totally ignored.' Now turn to the bar chart. It shows you a comparison of retail prices ... consumer and made aware of these facts, would you really have wanted to join Sunday's protests here against free trade? I accept that the WTO is still somewhat of a rich countries club held ...

  9. Barriers to free trade must be breached

    Posted Dec 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have become disillusioned by what this noble organisation stands for. Many protesters may have a distorted view of free trade and may just be trying to protect their vested interests. The best way of addressing their grievances and clearing their doubts would be to buttress the multilateral trading system by enforcing free-trade rules indiscriminately, instead of trying to justify ...

  10. Talks take more educated view of free trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Development Round. The conference organised by the Hong Kong America Centre and the Centre for Quality Assurance in International Education in the US will consider how free trade agreements affect ...




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