Even though the 2010 Shanghai World Expo has long passed, I thought this Russia Today coverage of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit was interesting. It gave a glimpse into the economic relationship between Russia and China as viewed from the Russians.
In the midst of the concrete and steel jungle that is the Shanghai World Expo, stands the Indian Pavilion, the ‘greenest’ of them all, built entirely of environment-friendly materials, showcasing India’s unique brand of Culture, History and Soft Power and offering an unprecedented opportunity to further improve Sino-Indian relations and India’s Soft Power in China.
The Expo has finally come to China. A largely forgotten event in most parts of the world, it has been rejuvenated, on a scale in which no other country could even dream of. A record number of 192 countries and 50 organizations have registered, the highest in the Expo’s history. Most people hadn’t even heard of the expo before it came to China.
The verdict is clear – The Expo needed China as much as China needed the Expo.
The 2010 World Expo will be starting in Shanghai on May 1, 2010 and last through October 31, 2010. The Boston Globe has a collection of amazing pictures of the preparation as well as footage of the actual venue itself. The U.S. has spent about $60 million in the construction of its 60,000 square foot pavilion. This was funded largely by U.S. corporations at the urge of Hilary Clinton. In all, according to the Boston Globe, $56billion would be spent in Shanghai on behalf of this event (more than the 2008 Beijing Olympics). Ok, that was actually misleading, because bulk of the money went into infrastructure spending to improve the city. This year, the theme is “Better City, Better Life.” Below is a promotional video showing off Shanghai by the organizers (with world famous pianist, Lang Lang):