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Wednesday, 8 September 2004

Frugal Games

It seems that talk of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing being the most expensive and elaborate ever, may be premature.

It is reported that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, has called for there to be budget cuts. He is calling the 2008 Games "the Frugal Games".

Olympic construction projects will be reduced from 10 to 5, and others will be reduced in size.

The Beijing city government now says it will reduce new construction projects by half, from 10 to five, and scale back the size of others.

Among the cuts are plans to build a hotel, offices and shopping mall at the Wukesong centre.

Building plans are reportedly being postponed from 2004 to 2005.

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