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Xiongan New Area, 5 Years on
April 01, 2022

Xiongan New Area, 5 Years on

By Dan Macklin
The much-touted mega-project is a fitting symbol for China’s political-economic transition under Xi Jinping.  

Golden Triangle Gambling Zone the World’s ‘Worst’ SEZ, Group Says
March 30, 2022

Golden Triangle Gambling Zone the World’s ‘Worst’ SEZ, Group Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The Golden Triangle SEZ has been credibly accused of involvement in human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, and the trade in endangered wildlife products.
Mekong Development Zones Facilitating Illicit Activities: Report
June 24, 2021

Mekong Development Zones Facilitating Illicit Activities: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent years, EDZs have proliferated across the lower Mekong region as its governments have sought to attract foreign investment and fire up their economies.

China-Backed SEZs Linked to Southeast Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade
June 15, 2021

China-Backed SEZs Linked to Southeast Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade

By Sebastian Strangio
The trade has been facilitated by a combination of loose state jurisdictions and proximity to China's economy.

Boten: the Renaissance of Laos’s Golden City
May 14, 2021

Boten: the Renaissance of Laos’s Golden City

By Nicholas Bosoni
The one-time casino boom town on the Laos-China border is on the rise again, powered by billions in Chinese investment.

The Future of Special Economic Zones in Afghanistan
June 06, 2018

The Future of Special Economic Zones in Afghanistan

By Farmanullah Bismil
How does the Trump administration’s new South Asia Strategy change the plan for establishing SEZs in Afghanistan?

India: A Return to Special Economic Zones
September 26, 2014

India: A Return to Special Economic Zones

By Alan Potter
In reviving SEZs, Modi can liberalize without taking on vested interests.
Russia Accelerates Asia Pivot
April 18, 2014

Russia Accelerates Asia Pivot

By Zachary Keck
Putin has created a special economic zone in the Far East as part of a broader effort to boost ties to Asia.

China's Air Hub Plan
September 17, 2013

China's Air Hub Plan

Using airports to create inland SEZs: a savvy growth strategy or misdirected investment?

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