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Shanghai's Asia summit means an extra day off for some

STUDENTS at Shanghai’s public schools will be getting an extra day off on May 21, along with local government staff and workers in some public institutions, when the city hosts the Shanghai Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.

This is to ensure smooth passage for delegates to and from hotels and conference venues in the Lujiazui financial zone, the Huamu area and the former World Expo site in Pudong.

The day off will not apply to those working for the summit, engaged in state occasions or in posts essential for the running of the city, the city government said yesterday.

Delegations from nearly 40 countries and international organizations will attend the summit on Tuesday and Wednesday with the aim of increasing dialogue, mutual trust and collaboration to build a new Asia that is peaceful, stable and cooperative. President Xi Jinping will chair the summit.

China succeeds Turkey as the chairing member state of the organization. It was first proposed by Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, in 1992 and 16 Asian states joined the organization at its inception.

It now has 24 member states accounting for nearly 90 percent of Asia’s territory and population. Eight countries and four multinational organizations, including the United Nations, have observer status.


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