Taiwan's Free Economic Pilot Zones, (FEPZs), are trial zones for a free economy, with liberalization, internationalization and forward vision as their defining concepts. In FEPZs, all restrictions on the flow of goods, people, capital, information and knowledge are greatly loosened, and market opening is carried out. The ultimate goal of FEPZs is that Taiwan will eventually become a free trade island. The zones aim to increase international links and improve Taiwan's integration into the regional market by liberalizing the flow of personnel, commodities, and funds inside the zones. In order to increase international links, the zones promote cross-border industrial cooperation with major international economic special zones of other countries.
This project analyzes the major international economic special zones in other countries, as well as the examples of cross-border industrial cooperation of economic special zones. We also study the relationship of industrial division between the FEPZs and the surrounding industrial parks, in order to find out the industrial features of the FEPZs. Furthermore, the project analyzes the features of the trade between Taiwan and the major trading partners, so that we can find out the opportunity of cross-border industrial cooperation. Finally, the analytical results of the project conclude that the possible areas in which Taiwan’s FEPZs can work with the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and the Kunshan Experimental Zone. Besides China's special zones, Taiwan can also work with free trade zones in Japan, like Okinawa Special Economic Zone and Kansai Innovation International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone.[轉錄自摘要]