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Ski China

5:50 PM -- I don't have much time to write this, because I've got to pack. I've just received my coveted "VIP Invitation" to the "Harbin-Daqing-Qiqihar Industrial Corridor International Fair for Investment & Cooperation (HICIFIC) and international skiing festival," in Harbin, China.

I know, I know: the glamorous and exciting life of a tech journalist, what ho? "I'll have that martini shaken, my good man, and have Ping wax my sticks while you're about it. Pip pip!"

The aim of the fair, according to my personal invitation from Zheng Xiongwei, executive chairman of the Asia-Pacific CEO Association ("Dear Sir or Madam…"), is "revitalizing northeast old industrial base." Barely a morning's work, that. We'll have plenty of time for schussing and après-ski at Yabuli International Ski Resort, an easy 200-km jaunt from Harbin. Along with supermodels, British double-nought spies, Al Gore, Sting, and Bono, expected attendees include "The leaders from Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China National Development and Reform Commission and the Heilongjiang Provincial Government, the leaders from World Bank, U.N. and Asia-Pacific CEO Association, Chairman, CEO and President from Fortune 500 companies and the important multinationals; as well as the international famous economists, etc."

Should be some fascinating late-night rendezvous with that lot, eh? What's more, we're gathering in Harbin, the fabled "Moscow of the East," just in time for the "the fairy tale Harbin Ice Festival and characteristic Ski Festival."

Must run. My tux should be ready at the dry cleaners.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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