Got your China Visa up-to-date? There are a couple of conferences coming up. But you may want to watch out for Shanghai. Otto Brettschneider sent me some photos from the building (or, ex-building) site where they tried to dig an underground garage beside and under a high-rise apartment building. Dirt from the excavation was piled on the opposite side causing pressures that toppled the building. Of course, many now question the engineering skill of the Chinese. It’s probably not correct to extrapolate one incident into billions of people. But this makes me glad I was electrical and not civil.

The 6th Annual Clean Energy Forum-Clean Coal 2010, which will be held on 27th to 29th Jan, Tianjin, China. This event is supported by NDRC Energy Research Institute, IEA Clean Coal Centre, Clean Air Task Force and Carbon Capture and Storage Association. The 5th Conference had over 150 attendees from government, project owners, clean coal technology and equipment vendors, EPC contractors, research Institutes and the like. Over 200 are expected at this one.

The first SPS–Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou will take place at the China Import and Export Fair Parzhou Complex, from 8 -11 March 2010. Held in the industrial rich province of Guangdong in southern China, this brand new event is expected to draw over 200 suppliers from 13 countries and regions including renowned brands Leuze, Beckhoff, Sick, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Pepperl + Fuchs, Turck, Baumer, Elco and Harting. In addition Siemens has recently agreed to attend. These exhibitors will showcase amongst other things drive systems, electrical and mechanical components, peripheral equipment, low voltage switching devices, sensor and control technology.

The fair will cover a display area of 20,000 sqm, which includes a new Robotic Zone featuring the latest products and technologies in advanced robotics. Over 20,000 professional buyers from across the globe are expected to attend this event.

Here’s the building:

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