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Kissinger: Shanghai a symbol of new China

FROM my first visit to Shanghai in 1972 to the present, the world has undergone profound changes. Nowhere have these changes been more far-reaching than in China itself. In 2008, as host of the Olympic Games, China amazed people throughout the world with the grandeur of its opening and closing ceremonies, events that dramatically displayed China's soaring conceptual imagination and technological sophistication.

For well over a century Shanghai has been one of the great cities of China and the world, a hub of commerce, a beehive of cross-cultural communication, a center of intellectual excellence, and the face of China to the outside world. Now again Shanghai has laid claim to being the symbol of the new, modern China that is rising from the mud flats. Its skyline enchants the eyes with its beautiful and daring architecture. The commercial acumen of its residents is legendary in China and abroad. It lays claim to the only operational magnetic levitation train in the world, a marvel of speed and engineering precision. Its museums and theaters display the magnificent achievements of China's art and culture.

Shanghai, too, played a historic role in the restoration of constructive and cooperative relations between the peoples of the United States and China.

The 1972 Shanghai Communiqu?? paved the way for the establishment of US-China diplomatic relations and for the enormous growth of cultural, educational and business ties between our two countries. It remains one of the pillars on which our expanding relationship rests.

World Expo 2010 will again make Shanghai the focus of world attention.

Its pavilions and exhibits will showcase the products and talents of people from every continent. Foreign visitors will have the opportunity to see how Shanghai has been transformed, to mingle with Chinese friends and business acquaintances, and to sample the rich cultural and culinary delights that Shanghai has to offer.

For me Shanghai World Expo 2010 will stand as a vindication of the wisdom and courage of the leaders on both sides that set our countries on the course towards cooperative partnership in facing the challenges of the future.

Thirty-seven years ago we could not have imagined how far we would move along this path together.

But the direction was sure, the purpose was unalterable, and the future looks bright.

I congratulate the people of Shanghai and the organizers of Shanghai World Expo for the energy and initiative that made this exhibition possible and wish you every success. I look forward to bringing my family to see the wonders that will be on display.

Yasuo Fukuda Born in 1936, Yasuo Fukuda was the 91st prime minister of Japan, serving from 2007 to 2008. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Fukuda was elected as president of the Liberal Democratic Party and became prime minister in September 2007.

A year later, he announced his resignation, triggering another LDP leadership election.Henry Alfred Kissinger Dr Henry Alfred Kissinger, born in 1923, is a German-born American political scientist, diplomat and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Nixon Administration. Kissinger played a key role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he was an architect of important policies, including the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China.


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