President Hu Opens Gas Pipeline

China’s President Hu Jintao opens Kazakh gas pipeline

China and Kazakhstan see this as a mutually beneficial relationship
Chinese President Hu Jintao has unveiled the Kazakh section of a 7,000km (4,300 miles) natural gas pipeline joining Central Asia to China.

Mr Hu was joined by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev during the inauguration in Astana on Saturday.

The pipeline is part of China’s attempts to secure more energy sources worldwide.

On Monday, Mr Hu is due to head to a commissioning ceremony in Turkmenistan where the pipeline actually begins.

He is also expected to be joined there by President Islam Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan – the fourth country involved in the project.

‘Grand project’

Mr Hu and Mr Nazarbayev together pressed a symbolic button to open the 1,833km (1,139 mile) section before officials from both countries marked the new relationship with hugs and cheers, the Reuters news agency reported.

Mr Nazarbayev said: “This is a grand construction project that will in time resurrect the ancient Silk Route.”

The pipeline, which begins near a Turkmenistan gas field being developed by the China National Petroleum Corporation concludes in Xinjiang in western China.

It has an estimated capacity of 40bn cubic metres a year and will mean the central Asian countries are less dependent on Russia buying up their supplies.

This is Kazakhstan’s first export route that does not go through Russia. This segment cost $6.7bn (£4.12bn) and was completed within two years.

Most of the finance for the project came from the state-run China Development Bank.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8410369.stm

The China Open

The 2009 China Open is being held for the first time at the National Tennis Center, which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

  The tennis center is at the north part of Olympic Park; the address is No. 2 Lin Cui Road in the Chao Yang section of Beijing.

  Because this location may be unfamiliar to visitors, the China Open is providing three convenient ways to reach the tennis center: by bus, subway and shuttle service.

  For those who wish to drive, there will also be ample parking spaces available.

  FOR DRIVERS:

  Temporary paid parking spaces are available on the west side of the Olympic Archery Course from Oct. 2-11. This section (P3) will provide 1,500 spaces, with 100 designated for the China Open Organizing Committee and the rest for the public.

  Directions to parking: If you use Ring 5 from east to west, take Exit 44 and drive along the Ao Lin Xi Road. Go north about 1000 meters and you will see the P2 parking area on the west side.

  Or, you can follow Ao Lin Xi Road and circle the complex to reach Lin Cui Road where P3 parking is located. Another way to get to P3 parking is to follow Ke Hui Road to the Lin Cui Bridge.

  Going west to east on Ring 5, take the Lin Cui Bridge exit and drive south about 100 meters along Lin Cui Road. The P3 parking area is on the east side of the road.

  If you drive to North Ring 4, exit on Da Tun Road. Go north on Da Tun Road, then west on Ke Hui Road and north on Lin Cui Road. Find P3 parking on the south of the National Tennis Center.

  SHUTTLE BUSES:

  Shuttle buses have been scheduled to give visitors a convenient way to arrive and depart from the tennis center.

  From Oct. 2-11, those who have tickets for a particular day or staff credentials can take a free shuttle to and from the closest subway stop.

  Shuttle No. 1: This runs from the Olympic Park stop on subway line 8 to the tennis center. A bus will be available every 15 or 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each bus can hold 70 people.

  To reach the shuttle from Exit A1, walk west about 50 meters.

  To reach the shuttle from Exit E, turn right and walk north about 150 meters.

  There will be signs indicating the shuttle stop.

  The shuttle stops at both the east and west gates of the tennis center before returning to the Olympic Park subway stop. On the west side, the shuttle will stop in the P3 parking area and visitors will walk north about 300 meters to get to the visitors entrance. On the east side, the shuttle stops in a parking area for staff with credentials to enter the east gate into the tennis center.

  Shuttle No. 2: The bus starts at the west gate of the tennis center and makes the following stops: Bei Taipingzhuang on North Ring 3; Beichenxiquiao Bei (Pangu Hotel); Jiangdemeng Bridge; Mudanyuan; and Bei Tapingzhuang. Visitors can get off and access other transportation. The bus runs after competitions end each day.

  ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  Buses: The closest stop to the west gate of the tennis center is Jingshiyuan Beimen, about 200 meters from the gate. This stop is for buses No. 81 and No. 510.

  Times for Bus No. 81 at its departure point are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and times at its terminal are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  Bus No. 510 runs from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  Subway: Take Line 8 to the Olympic Park stop and take the shuttle to the tennis center. Take Line 10 to Beitucheng stop, leaving from the D2 exit, and take bus No. 81 to the tennis center. The last departure to Bagou on Lin 10 is 11:40 p.m. and to Jinsong is 10:4 p.m. Subway is 2 yuan per ticket.

2009 CHINA OPEN TRANSPORTATION GUIDE FOR VISITORS (Table)

   TRANSPORTATION
Shuttle No. 1
Shuttle No. 2
Buses:

No. 81 and No. 510
Subway:

Olympic Park stop on Line 8 and Beitucheng stop on Line 10

DATE
October 2~11
October 2~11
permanent
permanent

TIME
9:30 a.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.
after competitions end each day
Times for Bus No. 81 at its departure point are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and times at its terminal are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Bus No. 510 runs from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Beitucheng Xi stop on bus No.81 can be used to access subway Line 10.
The last departure to Bagou on Lin 10 is 11:40 p.m. and to Jinsong is 10:4 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION LINE
The shuttle stops at both the east (P2) and west (P3) gates of the tennis center before returning to the Olympic Park subway stop.
The bus starts at the west gate of the tennis center and makes the following stops: Bei Taipingzhuang on North Ring 3; Beichenxiquiao Bei (Pangu Hotel); Jiangdemeng Bridge; Mudanyuan; and Bei Tapingzhuang.

Take Line 8 to the Olympic Park stop and take the shuttle to the tennis center.

Take Line 10 to Beitucheng stop, leaving from the D2 exit, and take bus No. 81 to the tennis center.

WHERE TO ACCESS
about 50 meters away from Exit A1 of Olympic Park stop on subway line 8 .

There will be signs indicating the shuttle stop.
the west gate of the tennis center
The closest stop to the west gate of the tennis center is Jingshiyuan Beimen, about 200 meters from the gate.

INTERVAL
A bus will be available every 15 or 20 minutes
after competitions end each day

HOW TO ACCESS
For free with tickets for a particular day or staff credentials
For free with tickets for a particular day or staff credentials
By ticket or transportation card
By ticket or transportation card

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Day 6 UN Climate Summit

Saturday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) saw a great deal of action inside the event as well as outside. Tens of thousands of protestors marched to the Bella Center insisting on a climate change agreement but the event was marred by violence. Meanwhile, delegates working to come to an accord were stymied by divisions amongst rich and poor nations.

Richer nations including the United States and the member states of the European Union sought concrete pledges from developing nations to limit carbon emissions. The poorer nations however refused to commit to anything without significant financial assistance. China and India were steering their own course seeking to protect their own national interests.

While work continued inside the summit, an estimated 40,000 protestors took to the streets of Copenhagen. The rally was peaceful for the most part but turned violent as cars were set afire and windows smashed. Danish police detained more than 900 protestors.

Images from events within the summit and the protests outside are in the slideshow below. For complete coverage of COP15, please click here.
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Day six of the UN climate summit (COP15) in pictures

While negotiations on a climate change agreement continued inside the conference, protests swelled outside resulting in the arrest of nearly one thousand protestors.