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China’s free trade port unveils opening-up plan

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South China’s Hainan Province plans to lock in three sectors, including duty-free shopping, international medical care and international education, in its drive to become an international tourism and consumption destination, according to its 2021-2025 development plan. The island province is a free trade port.

The plan recently published sets the target for tourism to contribute to 17.8 percent of the province’s total economic growth by 2025.

Efforts will be made in the Hainan Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone to introduce and cultivate high-end and professional medical institutions to promote research on stem cell, immune cell and gene therapy, plus other new techniques in the biomedical sector.

The medical pilot zone will also encourage people from member countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to come for treatment. By 2025, Lecheng hopes to attract about 500,000 people to receive medical service in Hainan, the plan noted.

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