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Equality and mutual benefit

I hope the World Expo will become a stage for China to exhibit its amazing industrial achievements, its products and technologies, and the improved living standards of its people. As for Shanghai, the fundamental changes the city has witnessed in the past two decades provide an exciting backdrop for this event.

World Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be another great opportunity for the Chinese people to share with the whole world the achievements they have been notched up each passing day after the Beijing Olympic Games.

As the first developing country to host the World Expo, this is a great honor for China. It also signals that other developing countries will someday be capable of sharing their products, technologies, knowledge and cultures with the rest of the world on such a grand scale.

The World Expo is also a great opportunity for China. In addition to sharing the achievements of its civilization with the world, China should also take this opportunity to exhibit its confidence and humanistic ideals. Considering current global warming concerns and haunting social tensions, I think China should also focus attention on environmental sustainability and social equality in the process of industrialization.

World Expo 2010 Shanghai China will naturally result in an exchange among all the different groups who visit. It will also provide a forum for the exchange of commerce, expansion of investment and market cooperation.

As to the issue of improving trust and achieving relationships that are mutually beneficial, China should take more concrete steps in bilateral, regional and global realms, including effective promotion of the democratization of the global economic order and participation in more multilateral international organizations.

China's international prestige has been rising and a successful World Expo will surely advance that trend. Over the past three decades, China has chalked up rapid economic growth, further advanced its course of urbanization, remarkably reduced poverty and registered tremendous progress in infrastructure construction. All these achievements are rooted in its reforms. As in the case of the Beijing Olympic Games, China should seize the opportunity of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China to highlight major issues concerning its own future and the future of the entire human race.

It must decide the direction of its future development and how to harness its great accomplishments to serve the future objectives of the Chinese revolution and Chinese civilization.

Economic growth and technological progress sometimes provide the seedbed for nationalism. The governments of our two nations, our academic circles and our public media should play an active role in encouraging people to properly address their development and achievements, and in guiding public opinion toward improving mutual benefit, cooperation and respect.

We must deviate from the traditional path of tension.

However, both of our countries, given current political realities, have the power to contain any unfavorable tendencies or trends.

I hope World Expo 2010 Shanghai China will contribute to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence co-established by India and China. It is imperative for us both to stress equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence.


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