Hong Kong pushes for pre-WTO access to China

What was really happening behind the scenes at the Fortune Global Forum.
On the surface, the most notable achievement for Hong Kong at the high-profile party thrown by Fortune Magazine here two weeks ago was the unveiling of a new logo by new Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. The headlines were dominated by the Hong Kong governments decision to keep Falun Gong practitioners out of Jiang Zemins sight.

Behind the scenes, however, Hong Kong officials may have begun a campaign to attain special market access to China in advance of Chinas commitments stipulated by its agreement to enter the World Trade Organization.

According to sources familiar with the situation, ealier this year the Hong Kong administration asked various sectors of the...

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