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ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
powerplants, human performance, weather, airports and other ar
eas,” the agency said, adding that it expects to brief the media later in the day.
The plane, chartered from Miami Air International, was attemp
ting to land at about 9:40 pm local time amid thunder and lightning when it slid off the runway and
came to rest in the shallow water of the river, authorities and passengers said.
The military base is on the western bank of the St. Johns River about 8
miles (12.87 km) south of central Jacksonville, about 350 miles (563.27 km) north of Miami.
Miami Air International is a charter airline operating a fleet of the Boeing 737-800, diffe
rent from the 737 MAX 8 aircraft that has been grounded following two fatal crashes involving that plane.
Representatives of the airline did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Companies upbeat on 2-year-old new area as goals in place for development
Xiongan New Area, which was first announced two years ago, has been attracting
increasing attention from foreign companies given its huge development potential.
Located about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing, Xiongan is aiming to become a significant part
of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster, and plans to take over Beijing’s noncapital functions and pr
ovide a Chinese solution to “big city malaise”, including overcrowding, pollution and traffic congestion.
On April 1, 2017, China announced plans to establish Xiongan New Area, which an official statemen
t called “a strategy that will have lasting importance for the millennium to come, and a significant national event”.
Massimo Bagnasco, vice-president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, said tha
t there are many opportunities for foreign companies to benefit from Xiongan.