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China inaugurates Pingtan FTZ

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Updated: 2015-04-21

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China inaugurates Pingtan FTZ

The launch of the Pingtan section of the China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is held in the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone in Fujian province, on April 21. [Photo/ptnet.cn]


China announced at its NPC meeting, on Dec 28, 2014 that it will set up three new FTZs in Fujian and Guangdong provinces and the city of Tianjin with relaxed investment rules to speed up reforms amid economic hardships.

The Fujian FTZ covers 118 sq km in Pingtan (43 sq km), Xiamen (43.78 sq km), and Fuzhou (31.26 sq km), concentrating on greater cross-Straits cooperation with Taiwan.

The Pingtan section focuses on three sectors – technology, shipping and leisure tourism.

The government approval required for overseas companies in these zones setting up ventures or changing their purpose of business in these zones has been changed so that companies only need to file a report to the authorities. This adjustment will last for three years, after which officials will decide on whether the policy should continue.

This move has met market expectations that restrictions on foreign capital will be gradually scrapped and marks the latest effort by the central government to push its reform drive and stimulate the economy.


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