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Danish firms to build giant new bridge in China

Engineering firm COWI and architects Dissing+Weitling have won an international competition to build the ShenZhong link in Guangdong, China.

Danish firms to build giant new bridge in China
The bridge will connect the cities of Shenzhen and Zhongshan. Screenshot: COWI
The two Danish firms will build a coast-to-coast link that connects the cities of Shenzhen and Zhongshan.
 
Plans for the 24-kilometre bridge include what will be the world’s widest immersed tunnel, two artificial islands and two suspension bridges. 
 
The two firms have previously teamed up on the Great Belt Fixed Link (Storbæltsbroen) between Funen and Zealand and were heavily involved in the Øresund Bridge connecting Copenhagen and Malmö. 
 

“One of our primary advantages as a team is that we have vast experience both with large suspension bridges, immersed tunnels and marine engineering,” COWI regional vice president Lars Hauge said in a press release. 
 
“Winning this major international competition underlines Denmark's world leading position when it comes to designing major bridges,” Hauge added, vowing that the ShenZhong link would be “both visionary and structurally daring”.
 
Guangdong is one of China’s wealthiest provinces and the new coast-to-coast link will be a party of a major infrastructure upgrade to support the area’s economic growth. 
 
According to Berlingske Business, the ShenZhong link project has a price tag of 36 billion kroner ($5.5 billion).
 
See the plans for the project here: 
 
 

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China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as ‘political farce’

China on Tuesday blasted a democracy conference in Copenhagen attended by Taiwan's president and a Hong Kong activist alongside Danish government officials this week, qualifying it a "political farce".

China derides Copenhagen democracy meet as 'political farce'
Demonstrators gathered outside the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Tuesday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit was held Monday and Tuesday in the Danish capital and organised by the Alliance of Democracies, an organisation targeted by Beijing sanctions in March and founded by former NATO boss Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In addition to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod also participated in the forum by video link, which Beijing said violated “the one-China principle.”

“This summit is a political farce,” the Chinese embassy in Denmark wrote in a statement published on Tuesday. “Inviting those who advocate Taiwan and Hong Kong ‘independence’ to the meeting violates the one-China principle and interferes in China’s internal affairs,” it said.

“Some hypocritical western politicians are good at meddling in other countries’ internal affairs and creating divisions and confrontation in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. They are bound to fail,” it added.

At the conference on Monday, Kofod said it was “deplorable” that Beijing had imposed sanctions on 10 European individuals and organisations in response to EU sanctions on Xinjiang officials over their actions against the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Like most countries, Denmark applies the one-China principle — under which Beijing bars other countries from having simultaneous diplomatic relations with Taipei — though it does maintain relations with Taiwan.

Cut off politically from the rest of China since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the territory is self-governing but is not recognised by
the United Nations.

Beijing considers Taiwan a rebel province that will one day return under its control, by force if necessary.

China’s sabre-rattling has increased considerably over the past year, with fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers breaching Taiwan’s air defence zone on a near-daily basis.

“Our government is fully aware of the threats to regional security, and is actively enhancing our national defence capabilities to protect our
democracy,” Tsai told the conference in a video address on Monday. US President Joe Biden is expected to present his China strategy soon, as
calls mount for him to publicly commit to defending Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

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