Construction workers are seen inside the Gigafactory of US electric carmaker Tesla, inside Shanghai’s free trade zone, on June 9. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

China is the world leader in special economic zones but the results are erratic at best, with many being underused or failing to benefit the wider economy

  • In a country where liberalisation is contentious and vested interests are many, SEZs have provided Beijing with avenues for experimentation. As a result, China has more than half the world’s total special economic zones, with dozens in Shanghai alone

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Construction workers are seen inside the Gigafactory of US electric carmaker Tesla, inside Shanghai’s free trade zone, on June 9. Photo: Reuters
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