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  1. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    The deafening silence of Shanghai's free-trade zone

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 01:00am by George Chen

    ... The deafening silence of Shanghai's free-trade zone Follow the author on Twitter: @george_chen What word do you think will best describe Shanghai's progress this year on its ambitious new free-trade zone? For Gordon Orr, that word is "quiet". As the Shanghai government was busy with celebrations for the first 100 days of the zone, McKinsey published its influential annual ...

  2. Business - Economy - MR. SHANGKONG

    Where was Li Keqiang at the opening ceremony of Shanghai free-trade zone?

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... becomes part of intensifying political struggle About two months ago, I wrote a column saying the Shanghai free-trade zone was to be a showcase for Premier Li Keqiang's ambitious economic ... and the conservatives in high-level mainland politics. Who wins in this planned first round of economic reforms - centred on Shanghai's free-trade zone - will signal the mainland's political direction ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai's free-trade zone puts Hong Kong's future in the spotlight

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 02:02am by George Chen

    ... Shanghai's free-trade zone puts HK's future in the spotlight Will the new Shanghai free-trade zone be a game changer? This question popped up in my mind when I read the breaking news on Wednesday evening about Beijing’s landmark approval to set up a free-trade zone in Shanghai. To my surprise, when I looked for related reports the following day, the news about Shanghai’s latest ...

  4. Business - Economy - MR. SHANGKONG

    Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:23am by George Chen

    ... to downright amusement. Remember, it was barely four months ago that the mainland's first free-trade zone was launched in Shanghai, modelled on Hong Kong's free port. "If you are going to have 12 free-trade zones in China, then how can you make Shanghai special and attractive when the whole thing is still on trial?" asked a foreign business consultant, who declined ...

  5. Business - Economy - MR. SHANGKONG

    Xi Jinping's visit to Shanghai zone gives new hope to economic reform

    Posted May 26th 2014, 05:06am by George Chen

    ... to Shanghai gives new hope to economic reform The Shanghai free-trade zone, which has so far received mixed feedback from foreign investors since it was launched last October, finally won its biggest ... there: what's the view of the top leadership, like Xi and Li, on the free-trade zone? Shanghai is just a city on the mainland, and for every significant step it takes it must follow ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai 'revolution' may be uphill battle for Premier Li

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 02:27am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com War on bureaucracy may be a tougher fight than the No 2 leader imagined based on the absence of discussion on free-trade zone at political summit Shanghai ... say, is the launch of the Shanghai free-trade zone, the mainland's first such zone modelled on Hong Kong's free-port system. It also shows that in the premier's war ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai's lofty goals a flight of fancy if key issues not fixed

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:50am by George Chen

    ... George Chen Free-trade zone has a nice ring to it, but ambitions can only take off when residents are free from cares over bad air, suspect food and web curbs Shanghai's lofty goals ... to be building a world-class free-trade zone fails to get international flights to fly in freely?" said a passenger who was on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London on Thursday morning. The flight ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Will the dealmakers go to Shanghai's financial centre?

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... for them to get their money out of the city or the country. So what's the point of doing an IPO roadshow in Shanghai? With the launch of the free-trade zone in Shanghai, which aims to free-up ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com International financial executives will need good reasons to travel to Shanghai, with Beijing already a more important destination for them ...

  9. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai cooks up five-star goals, but the salt is missing

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... world-class levels Shanghai cooks up five-star goals, but the salt is missing People often talk of how important "software" is for a truly international city after it has already established ... a few trips to Shanghai recently and stayed at three five-star hotels. Two of the three are international chain hotel brands and I once stayed in the New York hotel of one of the two global ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai is shop window showcase for Likonomics

    Posted Jul 15th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... the mainland's first free-trade zone in Shanghai, that the city sprang back into the global spotlight. Some political analysts tried to play down the importance of the free-trade zone, arguing ... If the free-trade zone plan goes according to plan, hotels in Shanghai are in for better days. Hotel occupancy rates are a good indicator of foreign investment sentiment. The day you find it difficult ...




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