The Shanghai Pilot FTZ

 How to Participate

Students interested in participating in this spring 2014 course should register for IPSG 8574 A Shanghai Free Trade Zone (20831) for three credits in Bannerweb by February 5, 2014. After registering for the course, please send an email to Prof. Lijuan Zhang to confirm that you have enrolled in the course.

China Trip Dates: March 15-23, 2014

The program fee for the course is $660 USD. This includes lodging and local transportation costs. The participant should also budget for food, visa fees (if applicable) and airfare.

Program fee due to Monterey Institute Cashier by Friday, February 28. Visit the cashier in Casa Fuente 9am-1pm PT Monday-Friday or call 831-647-6434 to pay by phone.

Students eligible for Federal financial aid can visit the Office for Student Financial Planning in the Casa Fuente building to request aid. All current students may also apply for immersive learning funding through Student Services to cover some of the cost of this program.

Save the Date: Info Session January 30, 2014 from 6-7:30pm in MG 102.


China is undergoing one of the most rapid economic expansions the wold has seen.  However, the older state-owned enterprises (SOEs) aren’t ready to give up their central role in the Chinese economy.  As young companies struggle look to challenge to old ways of doing things and international companies look for new markets, a struggle for market share in the Chinese economy has broken out.  Enter the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.

In an effort to make room for more competition, the Chinese government has opened the FTZ.  Touted as the next Hong Kong, many in China have high expectations for the recent developments in Shanghai, but how far are the politically connected and firmly established SOEs willing to accommodate new challenges to their supremacy?  This question, as well as a number of others, loom large over the Shanghai Pilot FTZ and make it a rich target for trade policy researchers.

Further Reading

The Shanghai Pilot FTZ Homepage (English)

China Plans to Ease Rules for Trade Zone (The Wall Street Journal)

Shanghai Free Trade Zone: The next Shenzhen? (The Economist)