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Business Regulation and Tax Analysis

China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: Open for Business


P186/2013 - 27 September 2013

The State Council just released the Framework Plan for the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone ("China (Shanghai) Pilot FTZ"), and the pilot zone is expected to be officially launched on 29 September 2013.

The potential impact of the pilot zone on the Chinese economy is being compared to the launch of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone by Deng Xiaoping in 1980. The China (Shanghai) Pilot FTZ is expected to be accompanied by radical economic reforms, principally to further open and rebalance the economy. The package of measures under consideration is expected to be rolled out in the China (Shanghai) Pilot FTZ, and if successful, later implemented throughout the country. The success of the pilot measures also will directly inform the position that Chinese negotiators take during free trade agreement negotiations. Please open and read the attachment for more details.

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