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On August 28, a formerly
headmaster, Mr. Liu Zunian, became the 500,000th
cellphone user in Shanghai. Only five years ago,
there were only 10,000 users.
The meeting for the Political
Bureau of the Communist Party on August 27 suggested
that the 15th Plenary Meeting of the Party be held
on September 12.
The ground-breaking ceremony
for the would-be highest building in the world,
Shanghai Global Financial Center, expected to be
completed in 2001 at a height of 460 meters, was
held on August 27. Present at the foundation-laying
ceremony are its investors, most of them Japanese
companies, and city leaders.
As September 1 (the beginning
of a new semester) approaches, the State Education
Committee issued a statement that prohibits the
presence of electronic toys (such as Tamagotchi)
in classrooms across the country.
Thanks to computer networks,
Shanghai's information industry receives a new boost.
Shanghai Online, an AOL-like commercial online service
is a star witness of such rapid development. Founded
less than one year ago, it has 8,000 subscribers
and its home page received more than ten thousand
hits a day.
In the past five years,
the number of highrises in Shanghai doubled. It
is expected to reach 2000 by the end of this year.
Mayor Xu Kuangdie made a
keynote speech in the recent meeting for the high-tech
industry. He pointed out the importance of high
tech to the development of the city. He also outlined
the blueprint for the industry: by the year 2000,
the output of high-tech industry should account
for more than 20% in the total industrial output.
Shanghai Automobile Group
launched its fall sales campaign for its brandname
car, Santana, in the Beijing and northeast taxi
market. It aims to increase the percentage of Santana
2000 in the national taxi industry.
Foreign enterprises, or
even joint ventures, were not supposed to deal in
the import and export business in Shanghai. But
it is history. Recently three joint ventures were
allowed to participate in this prospering business.
According to a recent survey
conducted among the education circle, 88% of the
teachers and 73.2% of the students among the respondents
think highly of the education reform carried out
among universities and colleges.
Shanghai medical instruments
industry has developed rapidly in recent years with
the help from modern science and technology.
Fake brandname goods worth
$1.4 million were destroyed earliest this week at
the meeting to fight against imitation products.
Shanghai Airlines, the first
local airline in China, has got approval to fly
overseas. The routes, however, will be confined
to Hong Kong, Macao and some Southeastern Asian
More than 2,100 Shanghai
residents married foreigners last year, up 67 percent
from 1991, according to a survey by the city's civil
The 11th Typhoon of the
season hit Shanghai and coast of neighbouring Zhejiang
Province on Monday evening. The windforce near its
centre exceeded force 12. Accordingly, the cities
suffered great disaster.
The first flame of the Eighth
National Games was lit on August 12, 1997 outside
the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center,
the venue of Hong Kong's official handover on July
China's biggest shipping
conglomerate, dubbed a shipping "aircraft carrier",
comprising Shanghai Shipping(Group) Co., Guangzhou
Shipping (Group) Ltd., Dalian Shipping (Group) Co.,
China Shipping International Marine Technology Service
Ltd. and ZhongJiao Marine Industry, was set up in
Shanghai on August18,1997. It'll help the city became
an international shipping center.
Doctors at the Shanghai
Shuguang Hospital can now treat patients thousands
of miles away through a multimedia computer network
using special software designed by the Shanghai
Act Science & Technology Co.. That allows doctors
to see and talk to the patients through a telecamera
and a microphone.
After five years of efforts,
Shanghai has set up 300 air routes to 97 cities
at home and abroad. Currently, Hongqiao Airport
serve forty-one overseas and domestic airlines including
carriers from the United States, Germany, Japan,
Australia, Austria, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao.
The eastern section of elevated
highway on Yan'an Road, the city's No 1 municipal
project this year, will be completed within 100
A major environmental protection
project - Shanghai's shipping sewage disposing project
- has gone into operation after receiving approval
from the Ministry of Communications.
China United Telecommunications
Corps will break the monopoly of the city telephone
service and that could mean lower prices for customers.
The company expects to install its own exchange
of 100,000 lines in the city by the end of next
The municipal government
is determined to collect more taxes to enhance this
year's budgetary income from individuals and foreign-related
firms, and the trade and real estate sectors.
China's largest botanical
garden for the blind is being built in Nanjing,
capital of East China's Jiangsu province. The garden
covering 9,000 square metres, donated about $100,000
will be completed next spring.
Mayor Xu Kuangdie inspected
some of the stadiums built for the Eighth National
Games. He also expressed thanks to those construction
workers and volunteers on spot.
Shanghai Post and Telecommunications
Bureau recently donated RMB 19,970,000 to the organizing
committee of the Eighth National Games. And postal
workers promised that they will provide the best
service they can deliver to ensure the success of
the sports event.
A marketing war has been
going on for months among manufacturers of VCD machines,
players of compact video disks. Some sellers have
dropped the unit price to as low as US$60.
1997 "China Complex", a
new event during the forthcoming '97 Shanghai International
Fashion Culture Festival, will feature the famous
national brands in the garments industry.
Decorated-car parade will
still be one of the most appealing activities during
the '97 Shanghai Tourism Festival. About 30 such
cars will take part in the crowd-drawing parade.
The latest statistics show
that in the first six months this year 225 people
from Shanghai were invited to Taiwan for 53 cooperative
activities in cultural, educational, scientific
and technological, as well as aviation and postal
Foreign-funded firms are
becoming the backbone of the city's foreign trade.
The past six months witnessed a 30-percent increase
in exports which now topped US$2.5 billion.
A recent survey shows that
some 40 percent of manufacturers in the city intend
to put more investment over the next six months.
Intel Corp. introduced a
version of anti-virus software this week in Shanghai
during a seminar in Jing'an Hilton.
Local industry is expected
to grow at a rate of 14 percent annually in the
next three years to produce output worth US$90.4
billion in 2000.
Making international phone
calls is costing less than usual. Post and telecommunications
authorities in Shanghai have announced their reduction
in charges for nighttime international calls in
an experiment from August 1 to October 31.
Overseas funds, advanced
technologies and management are the key factors
to develop Shanghai into an international financial,
economic and trade center, a local economist recently
The '97 International Children's
Arts Festival opened early this month. About 1,500
children from 14 countries took part in the event.
More Shanghai enterprises
are heading westward. They are putting more investment
in inland provinces such as Yunnan.
In order to promote the
cultural education for the local citizens, the city
government has been successful in helping more libraries
and bookstores built across the city.
Shanghai Port achieved about
1.12 million TEU in the past six months, a 31.31%
increase over the same period last year.
Shanghai Commodity Inspection
Bureau has recently announced its decision to protect
34 brand names owned by local companies. They include
Conch (shirt), White Cat (detergent), Hero (pen),
Phoenix (bicycle), White Elephant (battery), Zhonghua
(cigarette), and so on.
Shanghai Education Development
Foundation will spend US$1.9 million this year,
mainly for higher education.
Shanghai ferreted out more
than 1,200 smuggling cases from early last year
to this June. The total amounted to about US$176
Shanghai has worked out
an outline for a new round of economic development
projects in its efforts to become an international
economic, trade and financial center.
Shanghai's economy will
continue to grow at a rapid rate in the third quarter
this year. The expected rate is 13 percent.
The pen and pencil industry
in flourishing in Shanghai and neighboring provinces
because of the increasing affluence in this region.
August 1 marks the 70th
anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation
Army. Municipal leaders go to the barracks to celebrate
the holiday together with the soldiers.
The site for Pudong International
Airport has been proved by scientists to be reasonable
and environmental-friendly. Seven measures will
be taken to keep environmental balance and protect
the annual migration of birds.
China will set up a social
security system to meet the needs of a market economy
and nation's conditions.
More than 126 foreign entries
have been submitted for the film contest during
the third Shanghai International Film Festival,
a ten-day event in late October.
The city will put more money
(approximately US$2.4 million) this year in basic
science research, an increase of 25 percent from
that of last year.