Delayed for years and partially redesigned, a Shanghai skyscraper that will be one of the world's tallest buildings has hit another snag, this time over its name.
Shanghai media reported yesterday that the city has yet to approve the renaming of the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center to "Shanghai Hills." The new moniker was announced on Monday by the builder, the Mori Building Co of Tokyo.
"It's like a person can't change his or her name at will without registering with the government," Liu Bo, an official with the Shanghai Urban Planning Administrative Bureau, was quoted as saying in the Shanghai Daily newspaper.
No application to change the name has been received, Liu said.
There were no indications of objections to the new name, although Liu was quoted as saying the builders could face a fine of up to 30,000 yuan (US$3,750) if they open the tower without approval for the name. No one at the bureau was available for comment yesterday.
In its announcement, the Mori company said the name change would bring the property in line with its other projects, including Tokyo's famed Roppongi Hills and Omotesando Hills complexes.
Yesterday, a Mori spokeswoman said the formal registered name of the project remained the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Calling it Shanghai Hills was simply part of the company's branding strategy and wasn't expected to cause administrative problems, she said. The name "Hills" was registered as a Mori trademark in Shanghai, she said.
"I think there has just been some slight confusion," said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named citing company policy.
Construction of the 492m-tall wedge-shaped building began in the mid-1990s and is due for completion in 2008 at a cost of US$910 million.
The world's tallest skyscraper is the 508m-tall "Taipei 101" building, completed in 2003. It has 101 stories above ground and five below.
China has possibly committed “genocide” in its treatment of Uighurs and other minority Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang, the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China said in a report on Thursday. The bipartisan commission said that new evidence had last year emerged that “crimes against humanity — and possibly genocide — are occurring” in Xinjiang. It also accused China of harassing Uighurs in the US. China has been widely condemned for setting up complexes in Xinjiang that it describes as “vocational training centers” to stamp out extremism and give people new skills, which others have called concentration camps. The UN says that
A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000km Pacific Ocean crossing from the US to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it. Kevin Celli-Bird yesterday said he discovered that the exhausted bird that arrived in his Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 last year had disappeared from a race in the US state of Oregon on Oct. 29. Experts suspect the pigeon that Celli-Bird has named Joe — after US president-elect Joe Biden — hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific. Joe’s feat has attracted the attention
The Polish Supreme Court on Friday quashed a lower court’s green light for the extradition of a businessman to China for alleged fraud, a charge he has denied, saying that he is being targeted for supporting Falun Gong. Polish authorities took Chinese-born Swedish citizen Li Zhihui, now 53, into custody in 2019 on an international warrant issued by China for alleged non-payment in a business deal, Krzysztof Kitajgrodzki, his Polish lawyer, told reporters. Following the Supreme Court ruling, the case would return to a lower appellate court for review. Kitajgrodzki told reporters that it was still not a given that his client
DELIVERING HOPE: The Japanese PM pledged to push ahead with plans to stage the Games, despite polls showing about 80% think they will not or should not happen Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga yesterday vowed to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympic Games this summer with ample protection. In a speech opening a new session of parliament, Suga said that his government would revise laws to make disease prevention measures enforceable with penalties and compensation. Early in the pandemic, Japan was able to keep its caseload manageable with nonbinding requests for businesses to close or operate with social distancing, and for people to stay at home, but recent weeks have seen several highs in new cases per day, in part blamed on eased attitudes