Seven and half years after the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park opened, the first phase of the park, which covers an area about a tenth the size of Hong Kong Island, is still struggling to find enough business to fill its largely empty units. Photos: He Huifeng

China’s free-trade zone on its border with Vietnam is fighting an uphill battle to woo investors amid US trade war

  • The China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park was opened in April 2012, but remains a remote, muddy wasteland without enough business to fill its largely empty units
  • China has tens of thousands of the designated areas across the country offering a range of incentives, but investors are still seeking overseas alternatives
Topic |   China economy

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Seven and half years after the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park opened, the first phase of the park, which covers an area about a tenth the size of Hong Kong Island, is still struggling to find enough business to fill its largely empty units. Photos: He Huifeng
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A Chinese delegation visited Washington last week ahead of expected high-level talks next month. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump warned it’s ‘easier to negotiate nuclear weapons’ deals than trade pacts by former White House aide

  • Kenneth Lieberthal helped negotiate China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation and also helped defuse tensions after the Belgrade bombing in 1999
  • He joins other former negotiators in voicing concern over the chaotic approach adopted by the US president to reaching a deal to end the trade war with China
Topic |   US-China trade war

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A Chinese delegation visited Washington last week ahead of expected high-level talks next month. Photo: AFP
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