Chengdu event shows quest for big numbers hard to shake

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli delivers a speech at the gala dinner for the opening of the 2013 Fortune Global Forum. Photo: Xinhua

For Chengdu, last week proved to be a busy one, and perhaps also cause for celebration by business. But for the rest of the China, it was rather disastrous in terms of how many lives of ordinary Chinese people were lost in various accidents.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 10:09am

Henry Paulson calls on Xi, Obama to 'reset' relations in California meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in California on Thursday ahead of Xi's summit meeting US President Barack Obama. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama should use their meeting in California to “reset” US-China relations to focus on mutual economic benefits, advised former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Paulson, who was also former head of Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs, said Xi had a “different style and tone” to his predecessors.

7 Jun 2013 - 8:00pm

Chengdu's Fortune Global Forum stuns guest with 'North Korean-style' welcome

Chengdu lines up steps inside a hotel with children to welcome guests. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

Chengdu, host of the Fortune Global Forum this year, stunned its heavyweight guests on Thursday by welcoming them in what many call a “North Korean" style guards of honour, according to Chinese media reports.

8 Jun 2013 - 8:12am 5 comments

Chengdu mayor hopes Fortune 500 firms set up in his city

Half of Fortune 500 firms have a business in Chengdu. Photo: Xinhua

Ge Honglin, mayor of Chengdu, spoke to more than 100 chief executives and chairmen of Fortune 500 companies in the first day of the Fortune Global Forum, which Chengdu is hosting this year. About half of Fortune 500 firms have already set up businesses in the city.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:50am

Facebook and Twitter go live in China - but only for Chengdu business forum

Facebook and Twitter can be accessed from the media centre at the Fortune forum in Chengdu. Photo: George Chen

Facebook and Twitter, the world’s two largest real-time social media network services, finally went live in China, but only in one small location and for the next few days.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Before the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, the most serious public incident in Chengdu was the protest against the setting up of a petrochemical plant in the suburbs of Pengzhou city. People answered blog calls and gathered "for a peaceful stroll" on May 4. That followed a number of anti-pollution protests in Xiamen.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 4 comments

'I am scared': Chinese creator of White House petition seeks help after police visit

One state media report says the Pengzhou plant will pass stricter pollution tests than its European and US counterparts. Photo: Screenshot via Weibo

When a Chengdu blogger created a White House petition last week against a controversial petrochemical plant in Pengzhou, the young woman wasn’t expecting a response from security agents back at home.

14 May 2013 - 12:30pm 2 comments

Kunming residents rally against chemical plant

Residents wearing masks hold posters with slogans including 'PX get out of Kunming' as they protest against a planned refinery. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds protested in Kunming, Yunnan province, but a march in Chengdu, Sichuan province, was prevented by police. The rallies were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the May 4 student demonstrations in Beijing in 1919.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:57pm

Unable to walk the walk, Chengdu residents talk the talk

A heavy police presence is reported in Chengdu on Saturday. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

The presence of thousands of police officers and security agents in Chengdu on Saturday brought back memories of a  “peaceful stroll” in May, 4, 2008. Back then, residents of the city, known as “the land of abundance”, protested construction of a 40-billion yuan petrochemical plant in Pengzhou, a country-level city 20km away from the Sichuan capital.

12 Sep 2013 - 11:41am

Chengdu ethylene plant halts construction over quake safety fears

Chengdu , the capital of Sichuan province, has halted a controversial chemical plant project amid concerns over its proximity to an earthquake fault line.

1 May 2013 - 2:41am

Sichuan chemical plant project suspended after Yaan earthquake

A protest organiser was shown apologising on Chengdu Television during its evening broadcast on Friday. Photo: Screenshot

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, has said it has halted a controversial chemical plant project amid concerns over its proximity to an earthquake fault line.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China NGOs turn to WeChat to aid quake rescue

A Chinese man uses a charging facility as he talks on his mobile in Lushan county. Photo: AP

When retired journalist Zhou Xiaoxiang started a WeChat group on Friday, he had no idea it would set in motion rescue efforts for an earthquake the next day. Half a week later, more than a hundred charities, activists and donors have joined the conversation, which has turned into an umbrella organisation for NGOs and co-ordinates local donations for earthquake victims in Sichuan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rare practice of ‘eye shaving’ still part of daily life in Chengdu

Liu Deyuan conducts 'eye shaving' on one of his customers.

After sharpening his razor, a barber holds open one of his customer’s eyes and draws the razor across the eye lid. This might sound like a scene in the nerve-wracking Spanish surrealist movie Un Chien Andalou, but it is a daily occurrence in Chengdu.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:58pm

Fantasy racing on mainland China

The Meydan Group - or read Sheikh Mohammed (front second from left) in place of that company name - has the ability to fly in horses, jockeys and trainers who regularly compete in the United Arab Emirates, provide prize money and stage a race meeting. Photo: Reuters

For those of us who have never witnessed a mirage in the desert, the announcement that Meydan Group will be part of the commencement of international racing in Chengdu later this year will do until one comes along.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Rich Chinese send children as young as seven on 'mini MBA' courses

Photo: Xinhua

Some rich families in Chengdu are sending young children to special training programmes so they can learn how to manage and understand money, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

3 Apr 2013 - 12:55am 1 comment