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  1. Mayor lines up all the 8s in hopes of a great Games

    Posted Nov 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Fang Beijing has chosen the lucky number 8 for the start of the Olympic Games, setting the clock at 8pm on August 8, 2008, or 8/08/08/08 for the opening ceremony, city mayor Wang Qishan said yesterday. Hopes of delaying the opening for two more weeks to avoid the stifling heat of summer had been dashed because holding the Games any later would have involved a clash ...

  2. Creativity gone wild

    Posted Aug 31st 2004, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... to the letter, ordering an investigation and telling Beijing's Mayor Wang Qishan to halt construction on major Olympic projects. These included the 'bird's nest' national stadium, ...

  3. Compound problem

    Posted Mar 08th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... signs, official motorcades, and the like. Adding to the list in Beijing are the ubiquitous 'big compounds', which block through traffic and force people to make detours. Mayor Wang Qishan, who regards congestion as his biggest challenge, has acknowledged that they are one source of the problem. The Forbidden City is the prototype big compound, combining government offices ...

  4. Wen urged to tighten financial reins

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Officials see 2003's fast-paced growth of 9.1pc as sign of an overheating economy Premier Wen Jiabao is under increasing pressure to adopt a so-called 'appropriately tight' monetary policy to rein in the overheating economy, sources in the central government said yesterday. The economy grew 9.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year ...

  5. Vice-president of Games agency named

    Posted Jan 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the General Administration of Sports. Liu Peng, who recently took over as sports administration director, has become an executive president of the Beijing organising committee. Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan and Deng Pufang, son of late leader Deng Xiaoping and president of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, retained their posts as the other two executive presidents. Sources said ...

  6. Beijing's new mayor promises a clean reign

    Posted Feb 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Wang Qishan became Beijing mayor yesterday, 10 months after he temporarily took the position in an acting capacity amid the Sars crisis. At the Beijing Municipal People's Congress, the uncontested Mr Wang won 742 of the 752 votes cast. Speaking after the ballot, Mr Wang, 56, a native of Shanxi, promised to run a clean government and prepare ...

  7. Chat rooms abuzz with criticism of authorities' role in festival disaster

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... on the number of people allowed to participate,' one person wrote. Surfers on the Tsinghua site said Beijing's acting mayor, Wang Qishan, had failed in his duty. Mr Wang and Beijing Party chief Liu Qi rushed to the scene of the tragedy late on Thursday to direct rescue and investigation efforts. Mr Wang was summoned from Hainan last spring to take the helm in the capital after ...

  8. Mayor of Beijing defends relocations

    Posted Mar 08th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan yesterday defended the mass relocation of people for the 2008 Olympic Games, saying it was necessary if the capital was to realise its Olympic dream. Mr Wang told a group discussion with Beijing NPC delegates that the municipal government was aware that much needed to done to cope with the large number of visitors expected ...

  9. Search continues for 10 workers trapped in coal mine

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a special taskforce headed by Vice-Mayor Lu Hao to co-ordinate the rescue. On Monday, Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan and Wang Xianzheng, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, inspected ...

  10. Traffic and security are priorities for Olympic city

    Posted Feb 17th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... and will fuel economic growth of 9 per cent this year, the city's acting mayor says. In his report to the city's annual people's congress session, Wang Qishan also said priority needed ... to open offices, set up research and development institutions or purchasing centres, and to bring in new management skills and world-class services, he said. To tackle traffic congestion, Mr Wang ...




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