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How Much Does the Guangzhou Asian Games Cost?

Our translation of a story on yesterday's Guangzhou Daily about the expenditure on the Guangzhou Games:

"It's unacceptable to just spend money on the Asian Games without telling the Guangzhou People's Congress Standing Committee (GPCSC) how much the expenditure!"

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One Year to the Asian Games, Guangzhou Still Not Getting There

Just back from a reporting trip in Guangzhou, not for the Asian Games if you're wondering. But four days of staying there made me think that the city is far from ready to host the Games.

Here's a piece that I did for the Global Times about its unreadiness and, in case you don't have time, my points below as to where the city can further improve itself:

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Lacking Sponsors, Guangzhou Asks Beijing for Help on the 2010 Asian Games

"No one can avoid the influence of this economic crisis, and we are no exception," Zhang Guangning, the mayor of Guangzhou in China's Guangdong province told media recently. "We have some difficulties in developing stadiums and finding sponsors," said the mayor. The 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games (2010广州年亚运会) will need 50 stadiums, 20 training facilities and 10 back-up stadiums, of which 12 new stadiums are to be built. The city will also kick off new infrastructure projects including a train station and speedways connecting the stadiums.

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