Analysts say it is not possible for China eliminate all tariffs because it was still necessary to protect infant industries such as agriculture. Photo: Xinhua

China’s tariff-free economy proposal ‘not feasible’, analysts say

  • Huang Qifan, the former mayor of Chongqing, is among a number of experts calling for China to transition to a tariff-free economy
  • But most analysts say across-the-board tariff elimination is not feasible given China’s need to protect its infant industries
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Analysts say it is not possible for China eliminate all tariffs because it was still necessary to protect infant industries such as agriculture. Photo: Xinhua
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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.