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Citizens ready to play their part for summit

FOR some Shanghai residents, this week’s CICA summit represents nothing other than a day off work. For others, it means a whole lot more ...

The health worker

A woman surnamed Wang who is employed by a district-level health and food hygiene supervision department said she has been working overtime since the end of last month as she is part of a team involved in health and food hygiene security for the summit.

As well as the usual laboratory work, she and her colleagues have been practicing their emergency response drills, she said.

At first Wang had no idea what the summit was about, so she researched it online.

“Though the event was unfamiliar to me, the inspections and drills we carried out in preparation for it helped us to identify some hidden problems,” she said.

“We should never slack off on hygienic security. The summit is a test of our capabilities.”

The CICA volunteer

A government official surnamed Zhou is a volunteer for the CICA summit, assisting with security in the mornings on a section of Nanjing Road E.

He said that in recent days he has witnessed lots of people involved in the summit busying themselves along the famous shopping street long before any of the stores have opened.

“This is my first time as a volunteer. It’s given me a chance to get up early and see Shanghai in the morning,” he said.

As a “professional guide,” Zhou said he gets to wear an orange waistcoat and help visitors to the city.

“People ask me about the locations of Metro stations, and I’m proud to help them,” he said.

Zhou said he has no idea what the CICA is about but believes it can help promote cooperation between China and other countries.

The APEC liaison

Guo Jianzhong was the liaison person for Papua New Guinea’s prime minister during the 2001 APEC conference in Shanghai.

“I was honored to be able to participate in the organization of the APEC conference. It was a rare opportunity to be involved at the very heart of such an important event. Besides doing something for my country, it also enriched my life experience,” Guo said.

People usually don’t know much about these international conferences before they start, but they get to know more as they go on, he said.

“The APEC and CICA summits are held in Shanghai, but they benefit the whole country in terms of economic development and opening up,” he said.

The husband

A man surnamed Zha said he will take a short holiday outside Shanghai while the summit is on as his wife, who works for a government organization, will be on duty over the two days.

He said that in recent days he has felt the tension rising in the city, and especially on the subway network. But in a modern city, it is not enough just to tighten security for special events, he said.

“More should be done to ensure that people are safe all of the time.”

The office worker

A woman surnamed Cao who is employed by a foreign car company said she doesn’t yet know if she has to go to work tomorrow. She’ll find out in the morning, she said.

Whatever the decision, Cao said she will get dressed up for the event.

“A lot of foreigners are coming to Shanghai, so maybe I’ll meet some. As a local person I must uphold the good image of Shanghai and not lose face,” she said.

“Chinese leaders have visited my company’s offices overseas, so maybe a foreign leader will visit us here,” she said.

“I don’t know if that will happen, but I’ll be prepared if it does,” Cao said.

(Interviews courtesy of Oriental Morning Post.)


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