Hainan hosted the Boao Forum for Asia this week. Photo: Winson Wong

Has Hainan’s free-trade zone lived up to expectations in its first 12 months?

  • China’s southernmost province, which hosted this week’s Boao Forum for Asia, was designated as China’s 12th free-trade zone by President Xi Jinping in April last year
  • From November to March, it has attracted US$27.6 billion of investment, with contracts signed for a further US$42.4 billion
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Hainan hosted the Boao Forum for Asia this week. Photo: Winson Wong
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Cissy Zhou

Cissy Zhou

Cissy joined the SCMP in 2019. Prior to that, she has been a producer at BBC News and investigative reporter at CaiXin Media. She is interested in China's politics and economy.

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Beijing-based correspondent Amanda Lee covers markets and the economy for the Post, with an interest in China's economic and social landscape. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she joined the Post in 2017 and has previously worked for Thomson Reuters and Forbes.