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Chile opts to build its own Expo space

CHILE will not rent a pavilion from the Expo 2010 organizer but will build a 2,500-square-meter independent display for Expo, a senior official for the country's Expo participation said today.

The global financial crisis has not dampened Chile's enthusiasm for Expo. On the contrary, it is increasing its investment, because the Chile President Michelle Bachelet sees the 2010 event as a "long-term investment for its relationship with China," Hernán Somerville, Chile's commissioner general said as he signed a contract with the Shanghai Art-Designing Corp to build the pavilion for the country.

Somerville said the preparations are "totally on schedule" and the pavilion will be completed by the end of the year.

President Bachelet has said that it is of key significance for Chile to participate in Expo because the Expo will be the most important event in the world in 2010, Somerville said.

He said the president was one of the main supporters for the country's Expo showcase, and he will come to Shanghai at the end of November to oversee the preparations.

Somerville said "the cultural and business exchanges between Chile and China will be the best gift to celebrate Chile's Bicentennial on September 18, 2010."

Chile is the only South American country to commit to its own pavilion.

He also unveiled the design for the pavilion which will be named "the Seed of the New City." The pavilion will be constructed of merging cylinders in silver and brown and will feature a roof garden.

The main theme of the pavilion will be "exchanges among people around world."

Visitors will go through three areas in the pavilion, the three stages to understanding the theme, he said.

In the first area, visitors will watch videos about urban life around the world. Some urban problems that are shared such as the environment and work stress, will be highlighted.

The second part will be the key of the pavilion, where visitors enter a huge seed. Other solutions to urban problems will be displayed.

In the third area, Chileans from all walks of life will talk with visitors to discuss their daily lives.

Chile was the first South American country to establish diplomatic relations. China is Chile's first trading partner, while Chile is the second largest trading partner of China in South America. Trade between the two countries totals more than US$17 billion, providing a US$10 billion trade surplus for Chile.


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