- April, 2001
- March, 2001
- January, 2001
General Electric Appliances
announced in Shanghai last week that it will double
its purchases in China within the next two years.
The company plans to fulfill one third of its total
purchase requirements in China this year, said President
and CEO Jim Campbell at an annual meeting for the
company's Asian suppliers.
The Eighth China International
Food and Hotels Exhibition has been slated for August
28-31 in Shanghai. In addition to domestic participants,
21 delegations and more than 500 enterprises from
over-seas have registered for the exposition. Exhibits
will include food, sweets, drinks, raw materials,
furniture and interior decoration, as well as electrical
China's interbank foreign
exchange transactions averaged $2.49 million per
trading day in July, up 72 per cent over the same
month last year. The total transactions of the 22
trading days in July were worth $5.471 billion,
according to the Shanghai-based China Foreign Exchange
Shanghai generated a foreign
trade surplus of $8.78 billion in the first seven
months of the year, according to statistics from
Shanghai Customs. Import and export value from January
to July reached $69.07 billion, up 15.8 per cent
on the same period last year. Imports were valued
at $30.14 billion and exports at $38.92 billion.
Italian amphibian landing
ship San Giusto arrives in Shanghai on August 20
for a five-day friendship visit.
The first phase of Xujiahui
Park in the golden shopping area is scheduled to
open to the public by the end of this month. The
first phase will add 3.5 hectares of green space
to the city.
The first prize winner of
the International Bach Competition in Washington
DC, Bronislawa Kawalla, will appear at the Shanghai
Concert Hall on September 8 in an all-Chopin recital.
The Russian State Ballet
will perform "Swan Lake" for two nights on September
6 and 7 at the Shanghai Majestic Theatre.
US congressman Mike Honda,
who serves on the House Budget Committee and the
Transportation Committee, and a California legislators
delegation of 24 officials visited Shanghai at the
The first welfare hospital
opened to the public on Monday, providing opportunities
for low-income residents to gain access to medical
treatment. The Local government has issued 3,000
medical cards to individuals and they can receive
The city has built another
219 toilets and installed more than 700 signboards
to prepare for the forth-coming Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation meeting. Also, the city has set up a
tourism inquiry centre for foreign tourists, using
the letter "I" on its sign.
More than 500 businessmen
and customs officials from 21 members of the Asia-Pacific
Economic Co-operation group attended the 7th APEC
Customs-Business Dialogue, which began on Monday.
The theme of the current ACBD, one of a series of
APEC meetings in China this year, is "The New Economy--Moving
Customs-Business Partnership and Trade Facilitation
to the Next Level."
There has been an increase
in the number of Shanghai residents traveling to
South Korea and Japan this summer. In July, some
1,500 people went to the two countries, up 230 per
cent on the same period last year. Many traveled
by ship due the reasonable fare.
The Shanghai Tourism Festival
this year will start on September 15. A total of
20 decorated vehicles from different provinces around
Shanghai and two from Thailand and Malaysia will
parade along the streets of every district. The
Second Music Fireworks Festival will be held in
Century Park during the three-week tourism festival.
Big companies in Shanghai
are paying more attention to their business culture.
On August 3, the Shanghai Bell Company held the
2nd Music Lovers' Festival at the Shanghai Grand
Theatre. Organized by Yihua Film and TV-Music Club,
the event was aimed at promoting music appreciation
among staff members and increasing their knowledge
of acoustics equipment.
The Shanghai Grand Theatre
with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Committee
of 100 Cultural Institute will mark the 100th anniversary
of Guiseppe Verdi's death on August 31 with from
Don Carlos. The opera, which dramatizes the ill-fated
love affair between the Infante of Spain and Elisabetta
de Valois of France, premiered in Paris in 1867.
This will be the first time it has been performed
Shanghai authorized 111
projects of at least $10 million of investment each
in the first seven months of this year. An official
with the municipal foreign investment work committee
said Shanghai's contracted value of overseas investment
during the period reached $3.24 billion. So far,
the municipality has authorized 2,008 projects,
involving overseas investment of $36.41 billion.
Two international trade
shows specially geared to the Chinese market will
take place at the newly built Shanghai New International
Expo Centre from November 13 to 16. PTC China, will
focus on power transportation and control, fluid
power, compressed air technology, combustion engines
and gas turbines, while CeMAT China, will feature
materials handling technology, logistics, robotics
and automation technology.
AN international auction
will be held for rights to name three cloned goats,
the first generation of cloned animals in Shanghai.
So far, many enterprises and individuals have shown
strong interest in obtaining the rights through
phone calls to the genetic modificatioon research
centre of Shanghai, which successfully created the
"Swan Lake" is synonymous
with ballet. In Shanghai slone it is performed over
30 times a year. On August 12, a new British version
will be staged at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in
celebration of the opening of the Second Shanghai
International Ballet Competition. After this premiere,
the ballet will be presented from August 24 to 25
at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in celebration of
the third anniversary of the founding to the theatre.
In May, Kunqu Opera was
acknowledged by UNESCO as a Mankind Oral Heritage
and Non-material Heritage Masterpiece, a spur for
everyone in Kunqu circles. In celebration of the
good news, the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe will
stage a series of operas in mid-August. Classic
works such as "Peony pavilion" "Water Margins" "The
Legend of the Kingdoms" will be presented. A seminar
on the future of Kunqu Opera will be held at the
Shanghai Film Art Centre.
A 42-year-old mother has
decided to have another baby in a bid to save her
15-year-old daughter, who is stricken with leukaemia.
Chemotherapy has tortured the girl, but her mother
heard that the funicle blood of a newborn can treat
the illness in addition to a bone marrow transplant.
Shanghai Broadcasting Net-work
is to launch in Taiwan Province following the signing
of a pact with a company in the province on Saturday.
It will be the first provincial-level TV station
entering Taiwan after CCTV-4.The aim is to open
a window to Taiwan, showing the achievements of
With the help of her parents,
Chen Xia leaves the No.1 Hospital affiliated to
Suzhou University in Jiangsu Province, where the
Jiangsu native received a bone marrow transplant.
The donor was a young man from Taiwan Province.
Official notification on
Monday that the Shanghai's housing market is now
open to everyone has provided an outlet to the excitement
ignited by the prediction.
DHL-SINOTRANs Pudong Airport
Gateway has come on stream, becoming one of the
Shanghai APEC(Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation)
Model Port projects. The customs authorities of
China and the United States jointly develop it.
Zhang Bin, chairman of DHL-Sinotrans Express Ltd,
said the gateway cost more than 20 million Yuan($2.4
million). It consists of a customs supervisory system,
an automatic safety and inspection system and other
facilities, and can handle 10,000 pieces of cargo
Shanghai Motor Show 2001
will be held at Shanghai New International Expo
Centre in Pudong from December 9 to 16. Organized
by Hannover-Messe International GmbH, Hannover Fairs
China Ltd, and Orient International Holding Advertising
& Exhibition Co Ltd, the event has attracted a number
of automakers including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW,
Citroen, Fiat, GM, Honda, Toyota, Saab and Volkswagen.
A week-long digital television
show is being held at Huijin Department Store until
Sunday. Models of digital TVs and auxiliary devices
produced by domestic companies are showcased. Shanghai
has been chosen for pilot operations of digital
The State Environmental
Protection Administration has declared after a three-day
inspection that Shanghai GM's environmental protection
facilities, valued at about 100 million Yuan($12
million), have met standards.