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November 2009

Fog disrupts Sichuan transport

25 November 2009
Dense fog in Sichuan province on 18 November caused major disruption to transport in the province, with airports and expressways forced to close, according to China Daily. In the provincial capital Chengdu, Shuangliu Inter...

Railway projects in west to be accelerated

25 November 2009
China is to extend its railways in western regions to more than 50,000km by 2020, according to Yan Hexiang, deputy director of the Ministry of Railways’ development planning department....

Study into China-Pakistan rail link

25 November 2009
Pakistan’s Ministry of Railways and the Chinese government have agreed in principle to form a consortium to carry out a feasibility study into a planned joint venture rail service between the two countries, Pakistan&rsq...

China Eastern plans air cargo tie-up with Sinotrans

25 November 2009
China Eastern Airlines plans to co-operate with Sinotrans in air cargo services, according to a source quoted by China Business News. Currently, both China Eastern and Sinotrans run air cargo businesses....

Dell uses Jiangxi bamboo for computer packaging

25 November 2009
The US-based technology company Dell claims to have become the first company in the PC sector to introduce packaging made from bamboo....

Zhangjiagang firm builds first multi-gas vessel

25 November 2009
The world’s first combined LNG/LPG/ethylene carrier was officially named on 15 November....

Taiwan airline starts Chongqing service

25 November 2009
Taiwan’s UNI Air started direct scheduled services to Chongqing on 18 November....

Wuhan air tickets offered at huge discounts

25 November 2009
China’s largest online air ticket booking agency Xiecheng Tourist Net started to offer huge discounts from 22 November on flights originating from Wuhan....

Wuhan Mayor vows to shun energy-hungry industries

25 November 2009
Wuhan Mayor Ruan Chenfa said at a meeting on 24 November that his government would not allow the development of industries that consume large amounts of energy, following the natural gas crisis this month....

Atrocious weather brings new challenge on Yangtze

25 November 2009
The heavy fog and storms that started to envelop the entire Yangtze River region from Shanghai to Chongqing on 10 November has impacted the safety and security of shipping, according to the Yangtze Maritime Safety Authority u...

Chongqing lists 30 landslide hazards

18 November 2009
Chongqing Maritime Safety Authority announced a list of 30 landslide hazards in the Three Gorges reservoir area under its jurisdiction....

SDRC approves Xian-Hefei railway

18 November 2009
The State Development and Reform Commission has approved the 952km Xian-Hefei railway line, a major route for energy products and raw materials. The double-tracked line will run parallel to the existing route....

Chongqing’s outward investment expected to rise 20%

18 November 2009
Chongqing’s outward investment is expected to reach US$180m in 2009, up more than 20 per cent year-on-year, according to Mr Li Jianchun, Director of the city’s Municipal Commission of Foreign Trade and Investment....

Wuhan halts natural gas supply to taxis

18 November 2009
Wuhan Government announced on 15 November that all the fuel stations in the city would stop supplying natural gas to taxis from the following day as a measure to cope with a severe supply shortage....

Wisco signs iron ore deal with Venezuelan supplier

18 November 2009
Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, China’s third largest steelmaker, has signed a long-term iron ore supply contract with Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana, the only iron ore producer in Venezuela....

Nanjing to open three routes to North America

18 November 2009
Nanjing International Airport said that three routes to North America would start by the end of November: the Nanjing-Beijing-New York service operated by Air China, and the Nanjing-Shanghai Pudong-Los Angeles and Nanjing-Sha...

Container throughput falls 2.6% in October

18 November 2009
China’s ports recorded a 2.6 per cent year-on-year fall in container traffic in October, handling 10.78m teu, according to the Ministry of Transport....

NOL to launch Chongqing service centre

18 November 2009
The Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Group is to set up an administration and service centre in Chongqing, according to a statement by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission....

Wacker opens new Nanjing plant

18 November 2009
Wacker, the Germany-based chemicals group, has officially opened its new dispersible powder and vinyl acetate ethylene dispersion plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

Kuwait infrastructure investor to open Shanghai office

18 November 2009
The Kuwait-China Investment Co, an investment firm targeting infrastructure, real estate, agriculture and energy, plans to open its first China office as it seeks to provide a platform to establish private equity vehicles to...

Nanjing zone plot sells at big discount

11 November 2009
A Nanjing land auction held on 10 November saw the price of a second-hand plot in Jiangning ETDZ plummet by 35 per cent....

Low water levels affect Nanjing and Zhenjiang

11 November 2009
Record low water levels are affecting the lower reaches of the Yangtze as much as the middle reaches, according to statistics from the Yangtze River Administration....

90% of vessels passing Three Gorges equipped with GPS

11 November 2009
According to China Waterway Transport, by end of October this year, more than 90 per cent of vessels passing the Three Gorges Dam were equipped with GPS....

Chengdu-Xian railway approved by SDRC

11 November 2009
A feasibility study of the Chengdu-Xian railway project has been approved by the State Development and Reform Commission. The 519km double tracked railway line will cater mainly for passengers....

Yangtze barges and tugs withdrawn from service

11 November 2009
Yangtze Phoenix, the listed arm of Sinotrans Yangtze National Shipping Corp, the largest shipping line operating on the Yangtze, has announced the withdrawal of its fleet of 106 tugs of 2,000dwt with immediate effect....

Call for Chinese language on air tickets

11 November 2009
Consumer associations from 17 major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Hong Kong have jointly called for information on air tickets to be written in Chinese....

Yichang Port becomes PYI subsidiary

11 November 2009
PYI Corporation, the Hong Kong-based bulk cargo port and infrastructure group, has completed its investment of Rmb114m for a 51 per cent equity interest in Yichang Port Group. Tom Lau, Managing Director of PYI, said the mo...

Highway robbery losses mount

11 November 2009
Chinese road haulage companies have suffered from a spate of armed robberies in recent months, especially in the south of the country, according to an article on the China Supply Chain Council website....

Another hike in fuel prices

11 November 2009
Petrol and diesel fuel prices were raised by Rmb480 per tonne on 10 November, according to the National Development and Reform Commission....

Foreign trade falls 10.7% in October

11 November 2009
China’s foreign trade value fell 10.7 per cent year-on-year in October, according to the General Administration of Customs....

Japan Airlines cancels services to China

11 November 2009
Japan Airlines Corporation is cancelling 16 loss-making international and domestic passenger routes in a bid to improve profitability....

Taiwan pharma firm starts building Changshu plant

11 November 2009
ScinoPharm, a Taiwan-based supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients, has started construction of a new plant and R&D centre in Changshu, Jiangsu province. It should be operational in 2011....

Chemicals vessel sinks after collision

4 November 2009
At 5:30am on 1 November, a vessel carrying 100 tons of hydrochloric acid collided with another vessel carrying sand in the Ezhou section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province....

10,000 dwt vessels pass Yangtze’s middle reaches

4 November 2009
Two ocean-going specialist tar-carrying vessels built in Chongqing safely passed the seasonally low waters in the middle reaches of the Yangtze on 29 October, joining another vessel that was delivered earlier in the month....

Yangtze throughput up 31% in October

4 November 2009
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that October’s cargo throughput in the ports along the Yangtze trunkline increased by 31.3 per cent year-on-year to reach 107.4m tons...

Chongqing Riverside Expressway to start construction

4 November 2009
The municipal government of Chongqing has signed an agreement with Citic Infrastructure, Citic Guohua and Chongqing Expressway Group to build the Chongqing-Fuling section of the Chongqing Riverside Expressway at a cost of Rmb...

Shipping lines fined for late filing of freight rates

4 November 2009
The Ministry of Transport has fined 10 shipping lines for not filing freight rates with the Shanghai Shipping Exchange on time after new rule became effective on 1 August....

Zhangjiagang’s imported waste steel rises 887 per cent

4 November 2009
For the first 10 months of 2009, Zhangjiagang’s imported waste steel increased by 887 per cent to 3.28m tons, according to the city’s Inspection and Quarantine Bureau....

Air China to hold 51% stake in Cathay venture

4 November 2009
Air China will hold a 51 per cent stake in its air cargo venture with Cathay Pacific that is hoped to be finalised in the first half of next year, a Chinese airline executive was quoted as saying by China Daily. Reuters re...

Taicang signs major investment deals

4 November 2009
The Yangtze port city of Taicang signed 29 investment agreements worth a combined Rmb7.2bn at its economic and trade fair held in late October, reported China Daily....

High-speed railways pose threat to airlines, says carrier

4 November 2009
The construction of high-speed railways in China poses a threat to the nation’s airline industry, warned Si Xianmin, chairman of China Southern Airlines. “Over 80 per cent of the domestic aviation market will b...

Fiat hold engine plant talks in Chongqing

4 November 2009
John Elkann, vice president of Fiat, has held discussions with Chongqing vice mayor Tong Xiaoping, about the Italian auto giant’s plan to establish a new engine works in Chongqing. Fiat has two existing enterprises i...

Dongfeng targets Korean market

4 November 2009
Wuhan-based Dongfeng Motor Corp is set to export several of its light goods vehicle models to South Korea next year, according to various media reports....

Air Products opens amines facility in Nanjing

4 November 2009
Air Products of the US has opened a new amines plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The facility will support customers in the growing polyurethane additives and epoxy markets....

Novartis outlines huge investment in Changshu and Shanghai

4 November 2009
Novartis, the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company, said it plans to invest US$1.25bn in two Chinese R&D centres over the next five years....
     
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