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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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the Boao Forum in Hainan, China. Photo: Winson Wong

Has China’s answer to Davos lost its shine with high-profile absences and a TV blackout?

  • President Xi Jinping is in Europe, while other key officials are in Beijing for the trade talks with the US
  • Various discussions have been switched to closed-door events without explanation, with fewer high profile speakers taking the stage
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the Boao Forum in Hainan, China. Photo: Winson Wong
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