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  1. Shenzhen zone may pioneer measures under free-trade deal

    Posted Aug 21st 2009, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung and Fanny W.Y. Fung A zone in Shenzhen could be used to try out pilot measures under the free-trade pact between Hong Kong and the mainland, a Hong Kong official said yesterday. The official said Qianhai, a 10 square kilometre zone in Shekou, could provide a 'smaller door' to implement early and pilot measures under the Closer Economic Partnership ...

  2. Beijing, Asean clear way for free-trade pact

    Posted Aug 17th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing China and Southeast Asian countries have successfully concluded talks on setting up a free-trade zone next year to boost economic integration and ease concerns ... its burgeoning industrialisation and market of 1.3 billion people. Dr Chai said that although the immediate economic benefits from the regional free-trade pact would not be as significant ...

  3. Beijing's free-trade pledge undermined

    Posted Mar 04th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... of free trade in a world spooked by the United States' 'buy American' decree and the 'British jobs for British workers' outcry in recent weeks. For a country whose exports ... are enshrined as established policies, Beijing has a ready defence. For a start, it has yet to sign the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement, which safeguards free trade ...

  4. Shanghai to lobby state for trade hub rank

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... of the service sector and free-trade zones. That comes just six months after Beijing endorsed Shanghai's plan to transform into a global financial and shipping centre, a high-profile campaign ... and Beijing's support to expand the free-trade area.' However, some analysts said the plan to develop Shanghai into an international hub of finance, shipping and trade was no more than empty ...

  5. Ma looks to early free-trade deal with mainland

    Posted Jul 30th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has said the island cannot afford to wait until next year to sign a limited version of a free-trade pact with the mainland. He also sought to head off fears from the pro-independence camp he would sell out Taiwan to Beijing by striking the trade deal and by holding talks with President Hu Jintao. The comments, made ...

  6. Free-trade pact not on agenda yet

    Posted Apr 15th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Beijing and Taipei will hold a new round of talks this week to prepare for the third cross-strait summit, but a plan to sign a free-trade pact has hit a snag ... the signing of a financial memorandum of understanding and an increase in cross-strait charter flights. But there were no plans to discuss a free-trade pact because of a lack of consensus between ...

  7. Nimble New Zealand on the free-trade bus

    Posted Jun 16th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Seven years after they broke down, talks between Hong Kong and New Zealand on a free-trade agreement, technically called a closer economic partnership agreement, have been ... circumstances have changed. In 2008, after three years of negotiations, New Zealand and China signed a free-trade agreement, which came into force in October- the first such agreement Beijing had signed ...

  8. Chief executive puts brave face on Shanghai as finance hub

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Peter So

    ... spokesman said the city's rule of law, free-trade environment, bilingualism and unique east-west culture would help Hong Kong retain its status as the world's leading international ... zone,' he said. 'There are quite a number of financial centres in the region already, such as Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and others. Certainly, Shanghai will become one in future. ...

  9. Beijing Airport seeks bigger share of freight

    Posted Sep 14th 2009, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Airport and South Korea's Incheon Airport, Shum said, but the capital was now poised to recoup its share of the cargo business through the launch of an airport-based free-trade zone ... The park offers tax-free imports and export tax rebates. Ten international logistics companies have since moved in. Given the approval of the Beijing Tianzhu Free Trade Zone by the State Council ...

  10. Property plays slump as home prices decline

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... listed on mainland exchanges were relatively stable along with the quiet market, except for Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Development, which rose the 10 per cent daily limit for three trading days, to close at 10.52 yuan (HK$11.93), buoyed by rumour that it will be involved in the Disney project to be built in Shanghai. Shanghai Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone Development, ...




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