Jiangnan Shipyard Completed its Move to Changxing Island

This article is written by the Phoenix News in 2008. It is about how the largest shipbuilding company Jiangnan Shipyards moved from its old site in the planned Shanghai Expo Area to Changxing Island, in the outskirts of Shanghai. This article is key to the Shanghai Expo narrative, as Shanghai’s industrial relocation is key to the Expo led urban renewal scheme in Shanghai’s transition from an industrial to service economy.

Here, the writer’s tone is largely positive towards the relocation scheme, expressing that it is beneficial to the Shanghai’s urban development, as it makes space for the Expo arena, while the relocation to Changxing Island increases its production capacity and technological capabilities, as its production facilities are now seven times larger than the existing. The writer also mentions about the celebration and events that are related to this move, stating that the relocation is the birthday present for its 143 years of history.

We see industrial relocation being an essential part of Shanghai’s urbanisation. Industry along Shanghai’s historic treasured Huangpu riverfront contradicts with the Expo aim of being environmentally conscious, thus, it has to move. We see that despite being forced by the government to relocate, Jiangnan Shipyards, as a state owned enterprise was rather happy with the move, as it offers them more land, and a larger factory overall.

Phoenix News is a media corporation that is closely affiliated to the Chinese government and is therefore positive towards the relocation move. The newspaper is published for and being read by the Chinese, particularly to those who are in favour of the Chinese government and the 2010 Expo in Shanghai. This newspaper article also serves to advertise and sell the positive impacts of the 2010 Shanghai Expo and the Chinese government, appealing to the Chinese middle and upper class.

Image 1: Jiangnan Shipyard in New Chanxing Island Facility (Phoenix News, 2008)

Phoenix News. 2008. “中国第一厂”江南造船厂完成向长兴岛整体搬迁”, , 2008. http://news.ifeng.com/mil/2/detail_2008_06/03/468487_0.shtml.

1 Comment on “Jiangnan Shipyard Completed its Move to Changxing Island

  1. The arguments strung together across a number of your entries are starting to paint a picture of the role of global events in the process of urban renewal. Would there be vivid historical images of the original shipyard, and the affected areas in their original conditions, during demolition, and in its current consumerist state (as a commercial mall or other urban attractions)? Cite these extensively, where possible.

    Given that this journalistic article is from the state media, would you be able to validate its report, and identify another source that may offer a balanced view from the people being resettled, or populations suffering from hardship caused by this, or others being affected in a negative or different way?

    Would there be accounts of the livelihood of a shipyard worker? What was the surrounding areas of such an industrial district be like? Did it include workers housing, public health services, playgrounds for the children of workers, schools, markets, and other urban functions? Was this not a functioning district, even if it was industrial?

    Were there contested plans for the re-planning or other urban design drawings of the various areas around the Expo sites? Chances are, they are difficult to locate, but it will require a deep search of practices who were involved in these processes, offering various successful or failed proposals.

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