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Disney in talks to open theme park in Shanghai - report
02.07.2006, 08:08 PM



BEIJING (AFX) - Disney officials have for the first time admitted they are negotiating to build a theme park in Shanghai, The Standard reported.

'We have ongoing discussions - ongoing and ongoing and ongoing - with the Chinese government about a park in Shanghai,' Walt Disney chief executive Robert Iger said in the Hong Kong paper's report.

Throughout last year, Hong Kong and mainland media reported Shanghai hopes to start construction of a Disneyland theme park in 2008.

However, neither Iger -who described Shanghai as attractive due to its high population and rapid economic development - nor city officials would comment on a timetable Tuesday.

A Shanghai city government spokesman said: 'Since building a Disney theme park is an international project, we ultimately will have to get central government approval.'

While noting that no deal has yet been inked between the two sides, a Hong Kong Disneyland spokeswoman reiterated that another Chinese park would not open before 2010.

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