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Canadian PM pays a visit to Expo site

CANADIAN Prime Minister Stephen Harper inspected construction works on the site of the Canada Pavilion at World Expo Shanghai yesterday and thanked workers for their efforts to make the construction one of the fastest on the Expo site.

Harper shook hands with construction workers and posed with them in front of the C-shaped pavilion.

Later, Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng met with Harper, vowing to take the opportunity of the Expo Shanghai to upgrade bilateral economic and environmental cooperation.

On the expo site, Harper unveiled the national flag of Canada and a nameplate for the pavilion with Hua Junduo, commissioner-general of China at the 2010 event.

A "virtual waterfall" that changes its pictures when people touch it will be a highlight of the pavilion, Mark Rowswell, Canada's commissioner-general for the Expo, told media yesterday.

The waterfall will also show the scenery of future cities in the imaginations of many Canadian children. The installation symbolizes every resident's contribution to a city's development, he said.

The pavilion will be finished by the end of the year, and it is expected to be the first finished self-built pavilion at the Expo, he added.

Outfitting will be completed in March before a trial operation of the site scheduled in April.

Rowswell, better known as "Da Shan" (Big Mountain) in China as a performer and TV host, said he didn't rule out the possibility of performing xiangsheng, the Chinese-style comedian talks, at the 6,000-square-meter pavilion.

The Canada Pavilion will touch upon the vitality of cities under the theme "The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative."


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