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China facilitates agriculture modernization with pilot zones

By the end of 2014, China had established 4,272 national level demonstration zones over eight stages, edging it closer to its goal of agricultural standardization, said Tian Shihong, head of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), on Tuesday.

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MOC denies U.S. allegation, says China abides by WTO rules

​China's Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday that its designated model zones for exporters meet WTO rules.

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Thailand to open special economic zones to promote cross-border trade

​Thailand plans to establish five special economic zones near its border in a bid to generate some 45 billion U.S. dollars in cross-border trading and industries in a year.

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Vietnam News: Vietnam's labour report predicts rise in employment

The second Vietnam Labour Market update, a quarterly bulletin released on Tuesday, predicted increasing demand for recruitment in provinces with many industrial and processing zones. Total employment in the first quarter of 2014 was 52.53 million people, an increase of 620,000 compared to the same period of 2013, said the bulletin.

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FTZ will not "flourish" in China: MOC

Free trade zones (FTZs) will not flourish everywhere in China, a senior official with the Ministry of Commerce said on Monday.

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Japanese Cabinet approves bill to set up "strategic special zones"

The Japanese Cabinet approved a bill to set up "strategic special zones" on Tuesday as a centerpiece of economic growth strategy to promote deregulation exclusively, local media reported.

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Philippine Daily Inquirer: Pilipinas Shell confirms smuggling

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., the country’s second biggest fuel provider, identified two ways of smuggling petroleum products into the country aside from bringing them in through special economic zones and selling them tax-free outside the zones.

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