Mayor Of Shanghai: One Door Is Not Enough

As Shanghai's mayor since 1995, Xu Kuangdi has been the architect of the city's rocketing growth. He spoke with TIME reporter Isabella Ng about the city's future and its position vis-a-vis Hong Kong.

TIME: Will Shanghai replace Hong Kong as a financial and trading hub?

Xu: Shanghai's goal is to become the major financial, trading and economic center west of the Pacific Ocean. Shanghai is also trying to become an international city in 15 years' time. But I don't think we can replace Hong Kong. Shanghai has advantages. There are seven provinces along the Yangtze River. These account for a third...

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