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Chile Pavilion is topped off

VISITORS to the Chile Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo will look down a well and see, not their own reflections in the water, but scenes of Chilean life.

That's because of a digital screen that will beam videos and pictures from the South American country.

At the same time, Chileans at home will be able to see the curious faces of Expo visitors via cameras in the well.

Chile released further details of its crystal cup pavilion structure yesterday as workers topped the roof.

The country's president, Michelle Bachelet, attended the ceremony - the first head of a foreign state to visit the still-under-construction Expo site.

"City of Relations," the 3,000-square-meter Chile Pavilion, is constructed of merging cylinders in silver and brown with a roof garden.

Hernan Somerville, commissioner general of the Chile Pavilion, said the pavilion is expected to have a daily attendance of 15,000 to 17,000.

"The Chile Pavilion in the 2010 World Expo is meant to establish a closer relationship between Chile and China, despite the long geographic distance," said Bachelet, the Chilean president.

"The pavilion aims at making China one of our closest national allies and enabling Chileans to benefit from exchange with this country."

Bachelet visited the pavilion yesterday and joined in the "Tijerales," a traditional end of construction celebration in Chile.

Bachelet also visited Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday afternoon. She accepted an honorary professorship and delivered a speech to students.

With the last beam of the pavilion installed, Chile has become the first Latin American country to complete construction of its national pavilion.


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