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News

May 2011

Yangtze water level recovers but drought persists

25 May 2011
The Yangtze River Administration claims that the water level in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze is recovering thanks to the emergency release of water from the Three Gorges Reservoir....

Luxury Yangtze cruise starts maiden voyage

25 May 2011
The maiden voyage of what is claimed to be the world’s most luxurious inland cruise ship started from Chongqing on 22 May. The Yangtze River Gold No....

Major problems found at Three Gorges Dam

25 May 2011
The operator of the Three Gorges Dam plans to overhaul its finances after a government audit found that the world’s largest hydroelectric project faces urgent environmental, geologic and economic problems. China Thre...

Railway projects halted by environment ministry

25 May 2011
The Chinese government has halted two railway projects in the north of the country, reported China Daily....

DHL opens rail service to Mongolia

25 May 2011
The global express transportation group DHL has launched a scheduled rail freight service between Tianjin and Ulan Bator in Mongolia....

MAN Diesel extends Changzhou plant

25 May 2011
MAN Diesel & Turbo, the Germany-based manufacturer of diesel engines for use in ships and power stations, has opened the second section of a new building at its plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province....

DPCA starts building new Wuhan car plant

25 May 2011
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile has started building its third assembly plant in China in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Guodian to invest in Chongqing energy projects

25 May 2011
China Guodian Corp said it is planning to invest Rmb20bn in building new energy facilities in Chongqing municipality over the next five years, reported People’s Daily. The company will fund a variety of energy projec...

Drought impacts electricity output

18 May 2011
The severe drought along the Yangtze River is reducing electricity output at major dams in the region, including the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project....

Express delivery business grows 32% in March

18 May 2011
Express delivery enterprises of a designated size and above in China earned combined revenues of Rmb6.18bn in March this year, 31.7 per cent more than in the same month in 2010, according to statistics released by the State P...

Hubei nuclear plant might be postponed

18 May 2011
Construction of China’s first inland nuclear power station might be postponed for further evaluation of flood risks following the recent devastating earthquake in Japan, China Daily reported. The Rmb60bn nuclear proj...

Trials start on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway

18 May 2011
The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway began a one-month trial operation on 11 May, according to the Ministry of Railways. The 1,318km-long line will cut travel time between China’s two major cities to about five ho...

Railway investment to top Rmb745bn in 2011

18 May 2011
China’s Ministry of Railways said on 13 May that its total investment in 2011 will reach Rmb745.5bn....

New Chongqing-Europe air cargo service

18 May 2011
A new air cargo service has become operational between China and Europe, reported Xinhua. Operated by Yangtze River Express, the route is Shanghai-Chongqing-Moscow-Luxembourg-Shanghai....

Approval granted for Wushan airport

18 May 2011
China’s State Council and Central Military Commission have formally approved the construction of Wushan airport in Chongqing municipality....

Three Gorges museum to open by year-end

18 May 2011
A museum is being built in Chongqing to remember the 1.35m people who were forced to migrate to give way for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam....

Wuhan water level five metres below normal

18 May 2011
Reports from the Yangtze River Administration say that the water level in the Wuhan section of the Yangtze was 15.54 metres at 2:00pm on 17 May, compared with 21 metres at the same time last year....

Three Gorges Dam releases more water to ease drought

18 May 2011
Deputy Chief Engineer of the Three Gorges Dam Control Centre Zhao Yunfa confirmed on 18 May that the emergency water release code has been activated for the second time in a month to alleviate the severe drought in the middle...

Wuhan New Port increases shoreline for development

18 May 2011
The development plan for Wuhan New Port Authorities has been revised to include the shorelines of four counties in Huanggang....

Taicang posts record container throughput in April

18 May 2011
Figures from the Yangtze River Administration show that April’s container throughput in Taicang terminal hit a record high of 240,000 TEU, up 24 per cent year-on-year....

Smaller shipping lines suffer from overcapacity

11 May 2011
About 30 per cent of China’s coastal shipping companies are experiencing losses due to overcapacity and high fuel prices, said Xu Zuyuan, vice minister of transport....

Chongqing’s Donggang port area opens

11 May 2011
Donggang port area in Chongqing, which is being built by Shanghai International Port Group, has started operation with an annual capacity of 200,000-250,000 TEU....

ACC starts air cargo operations

11 May 2011
Air China Cargo, a joint venture between Air China and the Cathay Pacific, has been officially launched having been approved by all relevant authorities....

Severe drought causes closure of Yangtze section

11 May 2011
Yangtze Waterway Bureau announced on 11 May that the shipping channel between Chenglingji and Wuhan, which was opened only 10 days ago for ocean-going vessels, had to be suspended until further notice due to the severe drough...

State Council approves airport at Three Gorges

11 May 2011
Chongqing’s proposal to build Wushan Mountain Airport has recently been approved by the State Council, according to a story published by China News Services....

Chongqing farmers close income gap on urbanites

11 May 2011
Official figures show that, in the first three months of 2011, Chongqing farmers enjoyed a 28 per cent year-on-year increase in disposable income to Rmb1,991....

New system to improve navigation in Three Gorges area

4 May 2011
Officials from the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs say that construction will start within a year on a navigational information management system....

Zhangjiagang posts huge growth in scrap steel imports

4 May 2011
Zhangjiagang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau reported that the city’s port imported a total of 210,000 tons of scrap steel in April, worth US$110m, up 200 per cent and 295 per cent year-on-year respectively....

Jiangsu to spend Rmb18bn on Yangtze dredging

4 May 2011
A total of Rmb18bn will be spent on deepening the navigation channel of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River between 2011 and 2015, according to local authorities....

Waigaoqiao gets 12.5-metre approach channel

4 May 2011
The dredging project on the approach channel of Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao terminal has recently been completed, increasing the water level by two full metres to 12.5 metres, according to China Transport News....

Three Gorges discharge rate increased

4 May 2011
The Yangtze Maritime Safety Administration said discharges from the Three Gorges Dam would increase between 2 and 6 May so as to raise water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze in advance of the rainy season...

Cosco to resume port investment

4 May 2011
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, the largest container ship operator in China, is to resume investing in ports....

SIPG posts strong increase in profits

4 May 2011
Shanghai International Port (Group), China’s largest port operator, posted a net profit of Rmb1.27bn in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 24 per cent on the same period last year....

Nanjing car sales fall 37% in Q1

4 May 2011
Official statistics show that retail car sales in Nanjing during the first three months of this year stood at Rmb7.95bn, down 36.9 per cent over the same period last year....

Rainfall brings some relief to parched provinces

4 May 2011
Drought conditions continue to affect farming and water supplies across many parts of China. In the central province of Hubei, for example, about 150,000 people and 50,000 livestock have faced difficulty in getting drinkin...

Meeting to discuss railway spending cuts

4 May 2011
China may cut its investment in railway infrastructure this year by more than Rmb200bn, the Economic Observer reported....

Two more runways for Pudong Airport

4 May 2011
Shanghai is building a fourth and fifth runway at Pudong International Airport, reported Shanghai Daily....

Chongqing Airport Road widened

4 May 2011
The Airport Road in Chongqing, which runs from the East Ring Interchange to the Airport Interchange, is being widened from a two-way, four-lane road into a two-way, eight-lane road....

Amazon builds logistics base in Kunshan

4 May 2011
Amazon.com, the US-based online retailer, is to establish a logistics base in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, reported Xinhua. The 100,000 sq metre base is located in Kunshan Huaqiao Economic Development Zone and the two wareho...
     
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