Ten Top News in Shenzhen in 2012
1. The development of the 15 square kilometer Qianhai area located on the west side of Shenzhen and an hour drive from Hong Kong was transformed into an experimental business zone to interact better with the financial and modern industries in Hong Kong. Named as the Manhattan of South China, Qianhai will be developed in the next eight years on reclaimed land and once completed it will be turn into an experimental zone for offshore transactions.
2. In 2012, the release of the English language edition of the top 10 concepts of Shenzhen which is a exhaustively researched and worked on book, dug into the history of the fundamental concepts fueling the dramatic development of Shenzhen. The original version of the book was a Chinese language edition that was published in 2011 commemorating the 30th anniversary for the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Author Robert Lawrence Kuhn wrote the book’s preface and five foreign readers were invited to a symposium that was organized by the Municipal Government along with the Shenzhen Press Group Publishing House to come and share the thoughts about the book and their experiences around the city.
3. Shenzhen competing for the title for World Book Capital through the invitation by UNESCO which is led by the head of the Shenzhen Municipal CPC Committee publicity department Wang Jingsheng. The delegation visited the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and during their visit they meet will Irina Bokova the UNESCO Director General who in turn said that they would be strengthening its cooperation with Shenzhen to help its bid for the title in 2015.
4. Around 2,976 exhibitors, 3,132 investors from different countries and regions in Shenzhen came to the 14th China Hi-Tech Fair that had an increase in the number of participating multinational companies. The 8th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair also lead in the highest transaction volume reached a record high of 143 billion yuan. The 11th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals gave more than 7,000 enterprises and institution from 80 countries to find the right worker for their company. Lastly during the World City Symposium that had 29 guest speakers came and shared their visions and insights to more than 500 people from enterprises learning institutions and government offices.
5. Proview Technology Shenzhen claim to the iPad name on the Chinese mainland made headlines when the company petitioned the banning of the sale of the popular tablet computer until a lawsuit is resolved or a settlement has been reached. In order for Apple to use the iPad name the company agreed to pay Proview US$60 million, which in turn gave the rights to Apple.
6. 1,000 expatriates living and working in Futian gathered at the Shenzhen Concert Hall to enjoy music and fellowship through the invitation of the Futian District government. The fellowship night was also the time that the government awarded twelve expats from the different fields with the Futian International Friendship Award.
7. The opening up Taiwan allowed residents to visit the country as individual tourists. Shenzhen was one of the ten cities given the approval by Taiwan that allows individual tourists tin a deal that was finalized in April. Taiwan first opened its doors to individual mainland tourists in June of 2011 and gradually added more cities to the list.
8. In a drafted reports given by the U.S. House of representatives Intelligence Committee stated that two of China’s top telecommunications companies should be shut out of the U.S. market due to the influence of the Chinese Government that made it as security threat. Huawei and ZTE denied the allegations saying that the Committee is trying to set up trade barriers to both companies just for the sake of national security.
9. A three-month anti smuggling operation led to the crackdown of parallel traders. Customs agencies from Hong Kong and Shenzhen worked hand in hand in tracking down these traders that dealt with parallel trading in which traders made their profit by evading import taxes that are charged by the customs authorities.
10. Lastly ten athletes hailing from Shenzhen won 9 gold medals for China during the London Olympics. He Zi won the gold medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard diving, while race walker Chen Ding took home the gold medal in the men’s 20 km race walk and at the same time set a new Olympic record with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 46 seconds.