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Start of a D'Long journey

Last year, Tang Wangli, 47, and his three brothers were 25th on Euromoney's list of China's richest people, with assets of US$230 million.

Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 12:00am

Start of a D'Long journey

Last year, Tang Wangli, 47, and his three brothers were 25th on Euromoney's list of China's richest people, with assets of US$230 million.

28 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

'Lost generation' protests over poor benefits

Hundreds of retirees yesterday protested outside the offices of their former employers in Shanghai over their claims of inadequate retirement and medical benefits.

They were sent in the 1960s from Shanghai to the western Xinjiang region to work, as part of a political campaign that sent urban youth to the countryside.

6 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Overflights boon to Xinjiang

The crisis in Afghanistan is proving an economic bonanza for Xinjiang, with airlines forced to fly over the region to avoid the war zone.

An airport official in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, said this week that Afghan airspace had been closed since September 19, forcing airlines to change their routes.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

National pride and language skills bloom on mainland tour

On a study tour to Beijing and Xinjiang with our student group, we roasted in the heat on a mountain noted for producing raisins.

But the real fruit of our journey was our improved command of Putonghua - and our strong sense of identity as Chinese.

12 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Lack of skilled workers stymies heritage project in Urumqi

Peter Wong Man-kong's MK Corp is having trouble finding workers to rebuild a heritage theme park along the Silk Road, a project spurred from the Go West trip in May.

The property and hotel developer agreed to redevelop the old Erdaoqiao Bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, into a Erdaoqiao Cultural Region, with a price tag of 450 million yuan (about HK$420 million).

13 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Focus on business for sprawling conglomerate that grew out of army mission to northwest

Xinjiang's most powerful organisation, militarily and commercially, is seeking to dilute its military image to focus more on business.

Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps was founded in 1954 and grew out of units of the People's Liberation Army which were sent to the north-western province to guard the border and control unrest.

5 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Xinjiang party chief ridicules separatists

Xinjiang's Communist Party Secretary yesterday dared separatists to make trouble in his region, saying Chinese forces would be there waiting for them.

30 May 2001 - 12:00am

A bonanza or fool's gold?

WHAT DOES CHINA'S vast western region hold for investors, especially those from Hong Kong? Will it offer a new 'gold rush', or will it prove another dud, dreams evaporating as time passes?

These questions will be foremost in the minds of the SAR delegation led by Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang Yam-kuen later this month as they visit the inland provinces.

13 May 2001 - 12:00am