The World Expo 2010 is warming up. It is interesting that the impact this will have on China and specifically on Shanghai is only now beginning to dawn on people. In every city in which it has ever been held, the Expo has transformed the city and had a major beneficial effect on the country. It is that big.
Now the US Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, has said in Shanghai that the US Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo would display the innovation and culture of America, which had a forward-looking and positive relationship with China.
Bear in mind that for some time the United States was considered a possible no-show while it was reeling from the results of greed, theft and mendacity in the great Wall Street-induced slump. Now it has seen the light and it is full speed ahead.
Gary Locke told Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng that the United States took the opportunity of the World Expo seriously on a number of levels, including the promotion of US-China ties.
Gary Locke said, "There is no better city to host the World Expo with the theme of Better City, Better Life than such a diversified and vibrant city as Shanghai. It’s the right place at the right time for the entire world." Which is the sort of enthusiasm an Expo deserves and normally gets.
He said the event provided a perfect platform to demonstrate the technology of clean energy, which may become "the greatest opportunity of the 21st century."
To add icing to the cake US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a letter of congratulations.
Shanghai Daily reported that BRC, a California-based firm, has been chosen to design and produce the show content for the pavilion. The main show will be a dramatic multi-media experience allowing visitors to see the American city of the future. Bit of a worry that. One hopes it is an idealistic view seen through rose-tinted spectacles.