Tianjin airport finishes Olympic Games expansion


  Dec. 26 – Tianjin airport has completed its large expansion project, including a new terminal and runway expansion, ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. The new terminal building is five times larger than its predecessor with a handling capacity of 10 million passengers annually airport sources told Xinhua. The project, with […]

China Lays its Stake on Central Asia


This is the second in a series of articles that looks at China’s borders. As China has grown in the last 30 years, so have the often complicated relationships it has with its many varied neighbors. In this article, we take a look at Kazakhstan. By Joyce Roque “The main thing is to make history, […]

Venice, the Venetian Macao and the Venetian, Las Vegas


Macau takes its place in the international gaming big leagues  What’s in a Renaissance-era derived international brand name? By Chris Devonshire-Ellis So what of Chinese gambling, real and fake Italian Renaissance art, and its impact on the big league stakes of gaming? Purely by chance, the happy co-incidence of international conference attendance and one Grand […]

China’s ports handle 100 million TEUs


  Nov. 29 – The number of container units (TEUs) handled by mainland ports this year hit 100 million yesterday. “China’s container transportation has reached world levels both in handling efficiency and building networks, greatly contributing to the prosperous shipping industries of Northeast Asia and the world,” Xu Zuyuan, vice-minister of communications, said yesterday at a […]

DHL to invest US$175 million on Shanghai hub


SHANGHAI, Nov. 27 – Express shipping and logistics giant, DHL has signed a deal to invest US$175 million on a North Asia hub to be located at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The move aims to increase the company’s Asia Pacific scope and cement its market leadership in China. This is the second cargo brand to […]

New guidelines for FDI creating confusion, uncertainty in real estate sector


By Andy Scott SHANGHAI, Nov. 15 – The new catalogue for foreign investment, released on November 7, aims to address some of what Beijing perceives as structural problems in China’s economic development. Chief among these is limiting the inflow of foreign direct investment into industries that do little to tackle some of Beijing’s major problem […]

China, top producer of greenhouse gases, looks to tap potential resource


  By Andy Scott and Lucy Brady  Nov. 2 – The Methane to Markets Partnership Expo that concluded yesterday in Beijing was a chance for China, fast becoming the world’s largest polluter, to grab some favorable press and promote alternative energy resources in a city where the air-quality is still a thorny issue for the upcoming Olympics. […]

China’s troubled skies


  China’s airlines are losing their place in the global competition for air travel. While air traffic in China rose 15 percent last year due largely to the rising affordability of air travel and an increasingly wealthy population, China’s top three airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, have seen a combined […]

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