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Century's grandest global display

THE significance of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China for the rest of the world is inestimable. Since the first World Expo in 1851, this global event has become an international spectacle with political, economic and cultural significance. I believe over 200 countries will participate in this World Expo hosted by Shanghai, which is expected to attract 70 million visitors.

I believe that World Expo 2010 Shanghai China, like the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will become the grandest global display of this century, further enhancing China's international status as a global economic center.

As a fast-growing, modern world financial center, Shanghai is the most important driving force for the overall Chinese economy. As far as today's global community is concerned, Shanghai is also a metropolis that represents the future, integrating the aspirations of its people. I believe Shanghai is the perfect Chinese city to host the World Expo, not only because of its modern public facilities but also because of its success in integrating historical buildings with modern-day architecture.

Shanghai's city administrators and ordinary residents have attached great importance to their history and cultural heritage. It has many fine museums with rich collections and also a large number of monuments such as the one commemorating Alexander Pushkin, our great Russian poet. Shanghai regularly organizes splendid, large cultural events and is striving to build itself into a cultural metropolis.

I know Shanghai is home to many world-renowned universities. On numerous city squares, people can see the inventions and creations of famous Chinese and foreign scholars. In that sense, Shanghai is a metropolis with the distinct features of globalization.

The Russian economy, too, is undergoing vast changes. It has invested heavily in the development of modern technology while at the time making innovation a dominant feature of economic development.

The Russian Pavilion at this World Expo, I am told, will cover 6,000 square meters and serve as a platform for exhibiting Russian inventions, new technologies and an array of high-tech projects. Here, people will also be able to see how Russia has integrated its different cultures and harmonized cities with their outlying areas.

In keeping with the theme of this World Expo, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has organized delegations to present exhibitions and stage a wide range of events for commercial, scientific and cultural exchanges. These efforts are all aimed at promoting Russia's image as a country enjoying rapid modernization and manifesting its great determination to develop science and technology.

Moscow State University is sending a delegation to visit this World Expo in June. The group will also visit universities in several Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin (Heilongjiang Province). During our visit, we will not only visit the pavilions at the World Expo but will also discuss international cooperative projects with our fellow scholars in Chinese universities.

We strongly believe that as hospitable hosts, our Chinese friends will warmly receive all foreign visitors to this World Expo, including our own delegation, and will endeavor to leave all their guests with a lasting, positive impression.

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