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Russia opens its doors . . . to Asia

On July 13, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law to establish a “free port” in Vladivostok, Russia’s Pacific gateway. The free port opens for business on January 1, 2016. It will be a customs-free zone with an extremely low corporate income tax rate of just 5 percent.

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