In 1994, the Changshu government and PanU joined hands in a common vision to propel the city’s economic development. Together they would set up an international port and attract port-dependent industries to Changshu.
The first two years were the toughest. There was absolutely no cargo to attract vessels, and no vessels to attract cargo. The green field project had to secure layers of approvals from provincial and central authorities, and overcome the lack of local infrastructure.
Mr Ng’s son, Patrick, pushed on, undeterred. The local government lent strong support. The port welcomed its rst vessels in 1997, the same year that the Asian nancial crisis broke out. It was not the most ideal start. But like the ancient Chinese game of Go or weiqi (围棋), where opportunity arises out of challenge, their perseverance, discipline and determination paid off. Business improved and turned the corner.