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BEIJING: China's largest metropolis and international business hub Shanghai plans to develop a free trade zone in one of its major commercial areas, posing a direct challenge to free port in commercial centre Hong Kong.
The major driving force is a 10-year plan for Pudong, or the eastern part of Shanghai, that is grander and bolder than anything that has ever been conceived even by overly ambitious Shanghai officials, state-run China Daily reported today.
The plan encompasses an area of 28 square kilometers, including Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone. The area is almost the same size as Macao, and its trade volume topped USD 100 billion last year, the highest on the mainland.
In this area, a new economic order will be established with its own set of rules for commerce and finance.
Indeed, the Shanghai free trade zone, as it is temporarily called, is set to have even more of an impact than other such entities in Shenzhen or Tianjin, the report said.
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