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Guangdong bids to host another Expo in 2025

GUANGDONG Province will bid to host a World Expo in 2025 to become the second place in China after Shanghai to hold the world fair, a provincial official said yesterday.

Expo 2025 will be the earliest date available for Guangdong to try for, because the International Exposition Bureau (BIE) says a country should wait at least 15 years before hosting another Expo.

The province has been preparing for the bid since 2008 and has briefed the Chinese government of its intentions, Chen Wenjie, director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangdong, said during the opening of the Guangzhou Week at the Expo Shanghai.

Jean-Pierre Lafon, president of the BIE, has said he would welcome a bid from the province and believed the energetic and fast developing province could host a successful Expo.

Chen said it was too early to announce which city in the province would host the event.

From bid to Expo opening could take more than 10 years.

The host country first applies to the BIE and is inspected by the bureau six months later. A ballot is then held among BIE members to decide the final winner.

China began bidding to host Expo 2010 in 1999 and defeated Moscow, South Korea's Yosu; Wroclaw in Poland and Mexico City to win the bid in 2002.

Wan Jifei, director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, supported Guangdong's plan to host the World Expo.

He said the Pearl River Delta in southern China, where the province is located, would be an ideal place to host China's next World Expo. The province had the largest number of Urban Best Practices cases at the Expo Shanghai, which meant it had a deep understanding of the World Expo and had many experiences to share on urban development.


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