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  1. Students to study Shanghai free trade zone

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... By Lilian Goh Sixteen students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will fly to Shanghai to study the city's free trade zone. They will use the knowledge ... The course runs from this month until May. The students will fly to Shanghai for three or four days maybe later this month to visit Shanghai's free trade zone, study its system and interview ...

  2. Push for free-trade pact with South Korea

    Posted May 28th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul China has pushed for a free-trade agreement with South Korea to help boost burgeoning trade and investment between the two countries. The suggestion came ... to push forward talks for a free-trade agreement. Beijing is seeking the agreement with Seoul to help ease its chronic trade deficit with South Korea. The same issue had been raised by Mr Bo when ...

  3. Peace zone plan to span strait

    Posted Mar 04th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... the strait after former Taiwan KMT chairman Lien Chan proposed a free-trade zone during his historic visit to the mainland last year. Mr Lin, who is one of the advisers to the peace zone proposal, said he had submitted his own proposal to turn Xiamen into a cross-strait free-trade zone. He will also propose the setting up of a hi-tech industrial park in Fuzhou and joint oil reserve ...

  4. 2008 date for NZ trade pact

    Posted Nov 09th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai New Zealand expects to complete a free-trade agreement with China before mid-2008, which will probably make it the first developed country with such an accord, ... several other free-trade deals, including pacts with Australia and the Association of South East Asian Nations. India was the latest country to begin considering such a pact, state media said ...

  5. Mixed signals on free trade

    Posted Aug 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... Beijing officials and business- people from China and Australia could be forgiven for feeling more than a little confused at this moment over the proposed free-trade deal between the two ... MacFarlane's concession to the automotive and clothing industry - for Mr Vaile and Prime Minister John Howard, both of whom are strongly committed to as comprehensive a free-trade deal as possible ...

  6. US and Korea face big hurdles in free-trade talks

    Posted Feb 04th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul Despite their potential, free-trade talks between Seoul and Washington face significant barriers in South Korea, and with the United States effectively setting the end of this year as the deadline, experts say the chance of an agreement looks slim. Proponents of a free-trade agreement- the talks announced on Thursday are scheduled to begin in May- say ...

  7. Safeguards put cap on free trade

    Posted Jan 09th 2006, 12:00am by Elizabeth Turner, Jessica Caplan

    ... in the form of technical and trading agreements- such as the quota systems set up by import giants such as the United States, the European Union and China- are widely believed to have held back free trade, leading some manufacturers to shift the location of production bases as policies change. According to Susanne Sun, senior manager for textiles and footwear services at SGS Hong Kong, ...

  8. If Doha round fails, Apec should go it alone on free trade

    Posted Nov 20th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the Doha round of negotiations is infinitesimal. Their suggested alternative- a regional free trade deal covering the Asia-Pacific region- would definitely be second best in terms of overall ... likely to stay stuck in the mud for the foreseeable future, interest is growing in regional free trade deal encompassing the Apec economies. An Apec pact would be no small beer. Together the 21 ...

  9. Free trade, rule of law vital attractions

    Posted Sep 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Robin Kwong With its institutional advantages such as the rule of law and free trade, Hong Kong could cement its position as an international trading hub simply by making itself 'inviting' for people, businesses and goods from the mainland and overseas, according to a panellist on the 11th five-year plan summit. 'We still have the rule of law and free trade, so if we ...

  10. Free-trade talks with Asean reach crucial stage

    Posted Sep 07th 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... years as talks on a China-Asean free-trade area (FTA) enter a crucial stage. A Chinese trade official said the free-trade talks between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had ... 'We will definitely complete the construction of a China-Asean free trade area by the year 2010,' Mr Gao said yesterday. After making progress on goods trading, the talks had moved ...




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