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Chinese City Prepares for Asian Games

BEIJING, July 22 (APP):  All projects will be completed by August for next year 16th Asian Games to be staged in Guangzhou and up to 80 percent of the sports facilities will be accessible by metro lines, said Su Zequn, executive vice-mayor of the host city. Authorities are pumping in more than 58 billion yuan (8.5 billion U.S.  dollars) to boost the transportation system and protect the environment as the capital city of south China’s Guangdong Province, is preparing for the November 2010 Asian Games.

“The investment, which involves 739 transportation and environmental protection projects, is to ensure better living conditions for all visitors to the Games,” Su Zequn, was quoted as saying by Wednesday’s China Daily.

The improvements will benefit residents after the Games, Su said.

The latest projects include a large urban metro subway network consisting of eight lines, to be completed before the opening of the sporting event.

On the environmental front, Yang Liu, deputy director of Guangzhou environmental protection bureau, said the city had set a goal to ensure as many as 361 days of better air quality next year.

“As many as 32 highly polluting chemical plants will be removed or ordered to stop production by the end of this year,” he said.

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