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Protecting Free Trade: The Hong Kong Paradox, 1947–97

Lawrence Mills


Protecting Free Trade is the story of a paradox that both limited and stimulated Hong Kong’s post-war economy. In order to preserve its access to open markets, Hong Kong was obligated by international agreements to accept restraints on its exports; and in order to sustain growth, Hong Kong had to subject its largest industry — textiles — to a massive network of restrictions. Protecting Free Trade examines how Hong Kong handled, by negotiation, attempts by developed economies to limit international trade through protective measures. The central argument is that, far from stifling Hong Kong’s in ... More

Keywords: Hong Kong, Free Trade, Textiles, China, USA, Europe, Trade and Industry Department, Trade agreements, Quota system, Tariffs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888083985
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Mills, author