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January 2010

Hubei to invest Rmb2.5bn in ports this year

27 January 2010
The port authorities in Hubei province announced last week that they plan to invest Rmb2.5bn in infrastructure in 2010....

Three Gorges resettlement programme continues

27 January 2010
At least another 300,000 people living along the banks of the huge reservoir behind the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River are to be relocated, according to China Daily....

Changshu dangerous cargo throughput exceeds 1m tons

27 January 2010
Changshu port reported a throughput of 1.02m tons of solid and liquid dangerous cargo in 2009, up 119 per cent year-on-year....

Imported iron ore shipments climb in mid-January

27 January 2010
Stockpiles of imported iron ore at China’s leading ports increased by 310,000 tons in the week beginning 18 January, reaching a three-month high of 67.42m tons by 22 January, the China Securities Journal reported. Sh...

NWS focuses on China infrastructure

27 January 2010
NWS Holdings, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based New World Development, plans to raise the proportion of its infrastructure business to about 80 per cent of its operations within two or three years to further tap the mainland Ch...

New rail line for quake-hit Sichuan

27 January 2010
Workers have completed the laying of railway tracks between the cities of Chengdu and Dujiangyan, Sichuan province....

Increase in Chongqing-Singapore flights

27 January 2010
Flights between Singapore and Chongqing will be increased from twice a week to three times a week from March 2010, according to Chongqing government....

China Southern loses out to high-speed rail

27 January 2010
The Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines may start bundling air and train tickets on domestic routes in response to stiff competition from the newly opened high-speed railway line between Guangzhou and Wuhan, South China M...

China expects 2.5bn passenger trips during Spring Festival

27 January 2010
The deputy director of the State Development and Planning Commission, Liu Tienan, said that China’s transport network is expected to handle 2.5bn passenger journeys during the 40-day Spring Festival season that starts o...

Canada opens Wuhan commercial office

27 January 2010
Canada Commercial Corporation, a state-owned company that promotes international trade and commerce, opened a representative office in Wuhan on 26 January. This is its first presence in China’s interior....

Huang elected Chongqing mayor

27 January 2010
Huang Qifan has been elected mayor of Chongqing municipality....

Midea expands Jingzhou plant

27 January 2010
Guangdong-based home appliances manufacturer Midea has signed an agreement with Jingzhou government to invest an additional Rmb400m in its refrigerator and freezer production base in the city, reported China Sourcing News....

Wuhu water level hits 10-year low

20 January 2010
At 8am on 14 January, the water level at Wuhu, located in the busiest shipping section of the Yangtze River, fell to 0.77 metres. This was the lowest level in 10 years, according to the Yangtze Waterway Bureau....

Four rescued from Jiujiang collision

20 January 2010
According to Jiujiang Maritime Safety Authority, two vessels collided in the waters under its jurisdiction on 13 January. Four crew members fell into the icy water as one of the vessels sank....

Jiangyin becomes China’s fifth largest river port

20 January 2010
The Jiangsu port of Jiangyin reported a general cargo throughput of 107m tons in 2009, up 22 per cent year-on-year, while container throughput increased nearly 50 per cent to 752,000 TEU....

Shanghai Railway set for listing next year

20 January 2010
Shanghai Railway Bureau has set up a special team headed by an executive deputy director to prepare for a stock exchange listing next year, according to a story published by the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Paper on 20 Jan...

China accelerates highway investment

20 January 2010
China opened 4,719km of expressways in 2009 and started construction on an additional 16,000km network, said Li Shenglin, Minister of Communications....

Air China receives funds to buy out cargo venture

20 January 2010
The Chinese government has provided a cash injection of US$220m to Air China’s parent company to fund the carrier’s purchase of a stake in its cargo venture with the parent of Beijing Capital International Airport...

China Southern doubles US freight capacity

20 January 2010
China Southern Airlines has added two Boeing 777 freighters to its fleet to serve the US and Europe markets, reported Cargonews Asia....

Wuxi to start Tokyo air service in 2010

20 January 2010
Wuxi is to launch a flight to Tokyo later this year, according to local airport officials, without giving a precise start date....

UPS expands China logistic hub bases

20 January 2010
The US-headquartered express logistics company United Parcel Service plans to open 101 new logistics sites in China....

Xian-Chengdu railway wins NDRC approval

20 January 2010
A high-speed railway linking Xian with Chengdu has won approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, according to a Xinhua article quoting the China Railway First Survey and Design Institute. Construction o...

Chongqing container rail terminal opens

20 January 2010
The first phase of a new rail container terminal in Chongqing’s Shapingba district has opened for business, reported Xinhua....

Quanta joins computer notebook shift to Chongqing

20 January 2010
Taiwan-based Quanta Computer, the world’s largest notebook computer original design manufacturer (ODM), said it plans to build a plant in Chongqing....

Mazda and Ford likely to dissolve China JV

20 January 2010
Mazda Motor and Ford Motor will dissolve their joint venture in China by 2012, Nikkei business daily reported....

Jiangsu reports 25 swine flu deaths in December

20 January 2010
According to China News Services, Jiangsu reported 2,066 cases of the H1N1 virus in December, including 25 deaths....

Shanghai reverses container downturn in December

13 January 2010
Shanghai port’s container volume rose 7.1 per cent to 2.4m teu in December, its first increase of the year, said Shanghai International Port (Group)....

Wuhan and Nanjing airports handle record volumes

13 January 2010
Wuhan and Nanjing airports are among a total of 14 major airports in China that handled more than 10m passengers in 2009, according to the China Aviation Newspaper....

Air China starts Wuhan-Macau service

13 January 2010
Air China announced that from 15 January, it will start scheduled direct flights between Wuhan and Macau on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays....

Railways to take strain over Spring Festival

13 January 2010
Railways Minister Liu Zhijun said 1.64bn passenger journeys would be made on China’s rail network in 2010, up 7.6 per cent from last year....

Pilot ID system to tackle rail ticket touts

13 January 2010
China will pilot a system requiring train passengers to buy tickets with their own personal IDs to crack down on hoarding by ticket touts during busy holiday periods....

Railways vice-minister visits German brake specialist

13 January 2010
China’s Vice Minister of Railways Hu Yadong has led a delegation from the ministry’s safety department to visit the Munich headquarters of Knorr-Bremse, a leading manufacturer of braking systems for trains and com...

Three Gorges underground turbine to be operational next July

13 January 2010
The first underground turbine of the Three Gorges hydropower project is expected to be put into operation in July 2011, according to the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC). Five others will come on stream by 2012....

Jiangsu quantifies large reserves of coal

13 January 2010
China National Administration of Coal Geology has confirmed that it has quantified its recent discovery of coal in Tongshan county, Jiangsu province, according to China News Service....

Iron ore imports rise 80% in December

13 January 2010
China imported 62.16m tonnes of iron ore in December, a year-on-year increase of 80 per cent and the second highest volume on record, the General Administration of Customs announced....

Yangtze cargo throughput up 11 per cent in 2009

6 January 2010
Figures from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport show that cargo throughput via the major ports along the Yangtze trunkline went up by 11.3 per cent last year to 1.13bn tons. The upturn came on...

Jiangyin port breaks 100m tons barrier

6 January 2010
The port of Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, said it expected its 2009 throughput to be more than 105m tons, a 20.1 per cent increase over the previous year....

Telephone enquiry service starts at Three Gorges

6 January 2010
Since the start of this month, information about the state of the waterway between the Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba Dam is being conveyed on a telephone enquiry service....

Record cargo volume passes Three Gorges shiplocks

6 January 2010
Official statistics show that in 2009, a record total of 74m tons of cargo passed through the five-step shiplocks at the Three Gorges, up 8.45 per over 2008....

Cross-strait shipping rules relaxed

6 January 2010
China’s Ministry of Transport said it would relax its rules and allow container shipping companies that operate services across the Taiwan Strait to carry goods originating from outside Greater China, reported Dow Jones...

Four companies granted express licences

6 January 2010
China’s General Post Office under the Ministry of Transport granted four companies licences for engaging in international express services on 5 January. They include CAAC Air Express and Sinotrans Air Express....

Railway passengers expected to exceed 200m over Spring Festival

6 January 2010
The Ministry of Railway is forecasting that 210m passengers will use the network over the Spring Festival, with New Year’s Day falling on 14 February this year....

Snow causes travel chaos

6 January 2010
Heavy snowfall in northern China at the start of January stranded thousands of passengers on railways and at airports. The cold snap also caused coal shortages, forcing some provinces to cut power supplies....

Work starts on Sichuan expressway

6 January 2010
Construction of the Suining-Ziyang expressway in Sichuan province began on 28 December....

Chengdu airport to expand international services

6 January 2010
Chengdu aims to become western China’s largest aviation logistics hub, with 10 non-stop international air routes to be added over the next three years, according to a government plan reported by China Knowledge....

Smoker delays high-speed rail service

6 January 2010
The much-vaunted Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway was bought to a standstill by a smoker within a week of its opening last month. A passenger set off an alarm while smoking a cigarette, and officials spent the next two-a...

Praxair Shanghai venture wins Bayer gases contract

6 January 2010
Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases, a joint venture between Praxair of the US and Air Liquide of France, has been awarded a 15-year contract to supply hydrogen and carbon monoxide by pipeline to Bayer Polyuretha...
     
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