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As the opening of the Eighth
National Games is only 17 days away, Mayor Xu Kuangdi
inspected the stadiums and other facilities. He
also encouraged those athletes practicing in some
stadiums to perform their best during the games.
People of all walks of life
have been studying President Jiang Zeming's speech
delivered at the opening of the 15th Congress in
hopes that they can have a better understanding
of the country's current situation and challenges
As the city's population
for people aged above 60 has reached 2,3 million,
caring service for the elder is in great demand.
are racking their brains to find the best way out
in the competitive business world. Some have succeeded
in developing the so-called "management of diverse
forms"; and many are learning others' experience
In order to guarantee the
smooth flow of traffic during the Eighth National
Games, the city government will enforce traffic
control in some parts of the city.
The International Model
Contest of the Shanghai International Fashion Cultural
Festival '97 was recently held.
Builders have completed
a canal for the second phase of the tap water diversion
project which costs as many as US$320 million on
the upstream Huangpu River.
The newly established Shanghai
International Medical Exchange Center is holding
a training program for 63 doctors from all over
the country to study the latest research on prostate
cancer and anti-cancer genes in treating bladder
Shanghai traffic authorities
are planning more subway projects for the next three
years to alleviate road congestion.
The Shanghai Public Quality
Supervision Team was recently established to target
shoddy goods and fake products of brand names.
The Japanese government
approved a loan of US$330 million early this week
o bankroll the purchasing of equipment for the Pudong
International Airport which is currently under construction.
The 15th National Congress
of the Communist Party of China ends on September
18th. The ballots for the members of the central
committee will be cast in the afternoon.
The 15th National Congress
of the Communist Party of China, the last such meeting
in the 20th century, has put forward "Deng Xiaoping
Theory" which will guide China in its modernisation
"Networking" has been the
latest hot word in Shanghai. To date, there have
been established more than 30 computer networks
on various fields and of different scope. Community-wide
networks have proven itself useful among local residents.
More than 200,000 customers
go to Shanghai New World daily. The shopping mall,
located at Nanjing Road, had a total sales of US$0.15
billion during the first eight months this year.
Financially challenged students
at Shanghai Jiaotong University now don't have to
worry about their tight pocket any more. Because
student loans under various names can be obtained
As the 15th National Congress
of the Communist Party is in full session, the CEOS
of those companies listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange
are studying the speech of President Jiang Zeming,
and particularly on the part concerning state-owned
September 16 is the traditional
Mid-Autumn Festival. Many local families still honor
the tradition of eating ducks stuffed with other
ingredients and moon-cakes. This year local residents
are still willing to stand in long queues buying
brand-name moon-cakes such as Xinghua Lou.
Shanghai Guomai, the paging
service provider, whose assets have increased 16
times over 5 years, is now providing paging service
to more than one million beeper-carriers.
There appears a new craze
for study in night schools. More and more junior
high school graduates (after nines years of compulsory
education), hoping to become more competitive in
the job market, are now attending night classes
to finish courses required for senior high school
Starting from October 1,
China will reduce its import and export tariff to
17%, a decrease of 26%.
Party Secretary Huang Ju
said when discussing President Jiang's opening speech
among Shanghai delegates that Shanghai should attach
great importance to two tasks in the days to come:
to further develop Shanghai and to serve for the
rest of the country.
The 15th National Congress
of the Communist Party of China opens on September
12th. More than two thousand delegates will attend
The enrolment of college
students has recently been finished. There will
be about 22,710 freshmen at colleges and universities
'97 Shanghai Tourist Festival,
with its main attraction in Nanshi district, will
consist of a variety of events and activities sponsored
by various kinds of governmental organizations.
Shanghai Medical University
has become the largest center in the country that
can conduct telemedicine.
The municipality celebrated
the 13th Teachers' Day by honoring dozens of teachers
in the education circle that have been playing an
important role in educating students.
Eastcom mobile-phone, produced
in Hangzhou, has recently entered Shanghai market
as the first domestic cellphone maker. It will compete
with foreign telecom companies such as Motorola
China's Third Furniture
Exhibition was held on September 10 at Shanghai
International Exhibition Center. About 400 furniture-makers
from all over the world attended the fair.
Local companies are urged
by the city government to export at least $4.65
billion worth of goods in the last quarter of this
Shanghai opened its fourth
elevated highway on September 11 to smooth traffic
from downtown areas to suburban areas.
Shanghai Vice-Mayor Zhao
Qizheng met with Romanian President Emil Constantinescu
on September 10 at the Jin Jiang Tower.
The city government reaffirmed
its determination on September 9 to clean up the
Suzhou Creek and bring fish back into it before
A recent survey shows that
one in ten families in Shanghai owns a personal
This year's September 10th
is the thirteenth "Teachers' Day" in China. The
education circle will hold a series of celebrations
to honor excellent teachers. Some tertiary-industry
businesses promise to provide convenience to teachers.
A report inspection on commodities
conducted nationwide by the National Technical Inspection
Bureau shows that 86.5% of products produced in
Shanghai have reached national standards.
Shanghai Pudong Development
Bank will help financially challenged students in
the 40 colleges and universities in Shanghai to
complete their studies through providing students
The city's Statistics Bureau
has recently released its latest stat on local residents'
income and spending. It shows that from 1991 to
1996 the income per person reported an increase
As there are only 40 days
away from the opening of the Eighth National Games,
city leaders met on September 2 to make sure that
preparations will be completed in time.
Investment in housing in
the city run overheated in the past three years,
leaving 6.3 million square meters of buildings unoccupied.
Since 1992, about 120,000
rural residents around the city have moved to new
urban districts. Of the 1.8 million suburban residents,
about 35% used to be farmers.
More than 150 packaging
companies from 17 countries and regions gathered
in Shanghai for China Pack '97. The four-day expo
began on September 2.
The Shanghai Trade Union
has established a legal assistance center to help
protect the right and interest of workers. The center
will focus on labor disputes and trade union organizations.
Over the past seven years,
Pudong New Area invested more than US$241 million
in six key social projects focusing on education,
public hygiene and sanitation, recreation and sports,
community construction and social security.
Pudong Central Park, the
largest park within Inner-ring road, has recently
been completed and will soon open to public.
More than ten thousand volunteers
took part in "Helping Kids Cross Streets" which
took place on September 1, he first school day.
Patriotism education has
become part of the school education. Primary and
high schools across the city have opened such a
course, and a compulsory one.
A recent survey on the saving
habits of urban residents has revealed that 70 percent
have bank deposits; 21 percent invest in bonds;
21 percent buy stock and 12 percent have insurance.
Pudong Customs reported
rapid development in international trade and foreign
investment in the past four years. Part of the reason
is that several Fortune 500 companies have settled
down in the area.
Jinmao Building, currently
the tallest skyscraper in China, was roofed recently
in Pudong New Area. The complex is scheduled to
open 11 months later.
The air in Shanghai seems
to be improving, however, exhaust from vehicles
is still the main source of pollution, according
to the city's Environmental Protection Bureau.
The World Bank will loan
the city US$500,000 to help solve its garbage problems.
Shanghai now produces 13,000 tons of solid waste
Shanghai's economy has been
growing at an annual rate of 14 percent since 1992,
thanks to economic and ownership restructuring,
said Mr. Huang Ju, the Party Secretary.
Shanghai is reporting big
achievements in science research and cultivating
a team of young and middle-aged researchers. The
city now has a total number of 10,000 researchers,
working in universities or research institutions.
The Shanghai Automotive
Industry Corp., the largest car maker in China,
has started a sales campaign targeting on wealthy
citizens and taxi companies.
The first day of this month
witnessed the official launch of the city's international
container transfer business. "The business will
push forward the city's drive to become an international
shipping center," Vice-Mayor Xie Keqiang said.