Representative Wang Xiaoshu, a municipal political adviser, said Tuesday that Shanghai should consider bidding for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
The South China Morning Post reports Xiaoshu, speaking at the second meeting of the 12th Shanghai Municipal People’s Political Consultative Congress, said Shanghai would have to take “great action that will make the world notice” to increase its international influence.
Xiaoshu said that the city should bid for the 2028 Olympics as a warm-up to the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China the following year.
He added that the city had to actively work and communicate with foreigners and continually increase its influence and competitiveness to be a “national leader in openness”.
Xiaoshu said, “if Shanghai makes a bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics, the bidding process, and Shanghai’s transformation and upgrade…will help raise the quality of society, culture and ecology (in the city)”.