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PBOC Formulates Further Policy Initiatives to Promote RMB as an International Currency

On 2 December 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued its Opinions on Financially Supporting the Development of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “Opinions”). The Opinions represent latest steps...more

China Lowers Market Entry Barriers for Foreign-Invested Telecommunications Businesses Established in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

China has further opened up its value-added telecoms sector, starting with foreign-invested companies established in the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“SFTZ”). As reported in our January China Bulletin, the SFTZ offers...more

What Can Go Wrong In Structured Trade And Commodity Finance - Lessons For China

Structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) is central to international trade and is progressively becoming an important source of finance for Chinese companies, given that China is now the most significant player in the...more

Shanghai Free Trade Zone: A Bold Work in Progress

For foreign investors, one of the biggest China news stories last year was the official launch on September 29 of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the "SFTZ"). The SFTZ has been heralded as a testing ground...more

Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone – empty gestures or meaningful reforms?

The China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone (FTZ), approved by the State Council at the beginning of July 2013, was launched with much fanfare at the end of September. The launch and the publicity surrounding it gave rise to...more

MIIT and Shanghai Government Confirm Telecoms Market Opening in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

Following issuance over the last several months of more general policy statements promising liberalized foreign investment rules applicable to the telecommunications sector within the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone...more

PBOC Pledges Financial Support for China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

On December 2, 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) has issued the Opinions on the Financial Support for the Building of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone....more

Further Financial Reform Measures for Shanghai Free Trade Zone

On December 2, 2013, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued its Opinion Concerning Financial Support for Building up Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The opinion aims to support the government’s goal to accelerate China’s economic...more

China Launches Pilot Free Trade Zone In Shanghai

On September 29, 2013, China officially opened another special zone in its ongoing economic reform, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone ("the Pilot Free Trade Zone"). Integrating four existing bonded zones in Shanghai,...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - November 2013

In This Issue: - Government Shutdown Disrupts And Delays Various Trade Agency Functions - China Launches Pilot Free Trade Zone In Shanghai - "Reshoring" Gaining Momentum Among U.S. Manufacturers - News Of...more

Free Trade Zone—New Frontier for Foreign Investment in China

On September 29, 2013, China launched the mainland’s first free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai. The initiative is intended to be a pilot program to provide a blueprint of how China will reform its economic structure. The FTZ is...more

An overview of Shanghai Free Trade Zone: What it means to foreign investors?

Since the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone ("Shanghai FTZ") was approved by the State Council on 22 August 2013, investors have awaited detailed policies and regulations to be issued. In early September 2013, the...more

China Opens Experimental Free-Trade Zone in Shanghai

China’s hastily and recently launched first mainland free-trade zone is destined to be a laboratory for remaking the country's financial sector by attracting investment and internationalizing its currency. The China...more

Breakthrough Reform? Shanghai’s New Free Trade Zone

China officially launched the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “SHFTZ”) on September 29, 2013 and on the same day published a long-awaited and longer-than-expected “negative list” setting forth industry sectors...more

Business, Trade & Competition: China Bulletin - October 2013

In This Issue: - All Eyes on the Shanghai Free Trade Zone - China and Korea Progress to Second Phase of Bilateral FTA Negotiations; Intersection of RCEP and TPP Remains Key Area of Interest - Excerpt from All...more

Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ)

The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ) officially launched on September 29th, granting 25 Chinese and overseas companies licenses to register in the PFTZ on its first day. The General Plan for the PFTZ was...more

New Rules for Shanghai Free Trade Zone

On September 29, 2013, China launched its long-awaited Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ), which is widely viewed as the most significant milestone in the country’s economic reform since the establishment of Shenzhen Economic...more

International Tax News - September 2013

FRANCE ANNOUNCES DRAFT 2014 BUDGET – LIGHTER TAX BURDEN FOR BUSINESSES - France’s draft budget law for 2014 was presented to Parliament on September 25 and is now under discussion in the National Assembly and...more

China Establishes Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone

Shortly after the approval for the Plans for the Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone (the “Shanghai FTZ”), the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published the first legislation on the Shanghai FTZ – the...more

The Upcoming Shanghai Free Trade Zone: An Update on the National Pilot Project

Following the announcement in July of an ambitious plan to develop mainland China’s first free trade zone in Shanghai, there have been several recent developments relating to the forming and unveiling of the zone. ...more

China to launch a pilot free trade zone in Shanghai

Foreign investors in China can look forward to further reforms and liberalization of certain industry sectors in China's newly approved pilot free trade zone in Shanghai ("FTPZ"). China's State Council passed the...more

Shanghai Free Trade Zone: A Test Ground for the New Economic Reform Policies in China

Shanghai mayor Yang Xiong unveiled new plans to develop mainland China’s first free trade zone in Shanghai last January....more

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