SHENZHEN aims to reap the economic benefits of staging November's World Cup of Golf. Top officials from the central Government, the Guangdong provincial Government and Shenzhen city yesterday gave their backing to the tournament, which they believe will 'prove to the world the rapid and positive changes taking place in China' as well as contribute to Shenzhen's economic growth. 'The World Cup will be Shenzhen's window to the world,' said Yuan Weimin, who has been appointed chairman of the tournament's high-profile organising committee. 'Golf and Shenzhen run parallel in growth. Through this event we can show the world that our country has reformed and opened up to economic growth,' said Mr Yuan, the vice-chairman of the China State Sports Commission and a former coach of the Chinese women's volleyball team. Also serving on the committee will be Shenzhen Mayor Li Youwei, Vice-Mayor Li Ronggeng, Chinese Olympic Committee member Yang Boyang and Mission Hills Golf Club chairman and a China Golf Association vice-president, David Chu. More than 100 journalists from Shenzhen and Hong Kong attended the committee's inaugural function at Mission Hills. Mr Chu confirmed US President Bill Clinton was among the dignitaries invited to attend the 32-nation golfing extravaganza that is sponsored by Heineken and will be televised worldwide. Said Mr Chu: 'The staging of the World Cup at Mission Hills is a cultural step forward for Shenzhen and China. 'Our success in hosting the tournament will be a demonstration to the world of China's open-door policies. The World Cup is also a great opportunity to put the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen into the international spotlight and help to attract foreign investors. 'Not only will the World Cup bring honour to Shenzhen, but also to China and overseas Chinese.' The Jack Nicklaus-designed Mountain Course at Mission Hills will undergo its first major test this week when it stages the Coca-Cola Open, the final event on the inaugural Volvo China Tour.