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  • 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 equipment.

  • 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 Centre.

  • 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 weekend.

  • 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 a discount.

  • 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 in China.

  • 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 goats.

  • "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 Shanghai's reforms.

  • 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 per hour.

  • 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 TVs.

  • 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.



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