Starbucks, the best-known international coffee retailer from the United States, opened a new outlet Wednesday in Beijing, marking its 1,000th shop in the whole Asia-Pacific Region.
The new Starbucks, the 34th in China's national capital, is located in the Zhongguancun area, the country's center for computer business dubbed as "China's Silicon Valley".
Starbucks operates more than 6,500 coffee shops around the world.
Since it opened its first cafe on China's mainland in 1999, the number of Starbucks shops has exceeded 70.
Two more are expected to open next month in Tianjin, a port city 100 kilometers southeast of Beijing.
(Xinhua News Agency July 17, 2003)