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Leaders praise Expo Shanghai at Summit Forum

THE Shanghai World Expo 2010 is more than an "eye-opener" on global material accomplishments but leaves a spiritual legacy that holds the soul of the gala event, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today at the Expo Summit Forum in Shanghai.

"Only when civilization accomplishments are sublimated to spirits and sensibility, can they be the mutual treasures of all human kind and be carried on forever," said Wen.

The Shanghai Expo is a golden opportunity for Chinese to learn from the experiences and expertise of other nations as "one day Expo visit outweighs 10-year of reading," he said.

High-tech products like chef or butler robots, green energy autos, and energy-saving architectures are all showcased during the 184-day exhibition, while cultural treasures such as French impressionist paintings, the Little Mermaid from Denmark, Aldabra giant tortoise from Seychelles and bronze chariot and horse sculpture from China's Qin Dynasty are among must-sees on the six-square-kilometer Expo Site, he said.

The Expo legacy will not end with the event but will be integrated into daily work in pursuit of a better urban life, the modernization of rural areas and bridging the gap between urban and rural areas with better understanding of each other's culture and strength, Wen said.

"The Expo also strengthened China's confidence and determination to push forward its reform and openness and deeper cooperation with other nations for mutual benefits as China is on the path of peaceful development, tolerance and openness," said Wen.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the Chinese government, the city of Shanghai and the International Bureau of Expositions deserve the highest applauds as the Expo brought nations together and celebrated global diversity.

" Since May of this year, all around the world, people have been talking about a remarkable, even historic, event," Ban said at the forum.

The Expo has attracted more than 72 million visitors, a record in the 159-year history of the exhibition since its debut in London in 1851. The gala, the first World Expo held in a developing country, drew 246 participated countries and international organizations, also a record for the event.

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, secretary-general of the International Bureau of Expositions, said the Shanghai Expo materialized the aim of the 21st century Expo in seeking a sustainable urban development on an unstoppable urbanization around the world.

"Shanghai 2010 has inspired a mindset of cooperation, solidarity and openness which are essential to tackle the major challenges facing humanity," said Loscertales. "Expos build bridges that connect different spheres of society."

"They translate complex and high-level concept into a visual language that is easily accessible to people from all walks of life." Loscertales said.

The summit is the highest-level event in the series of Expo forums and the finale of the 184-day Expo.

State heads, business leaders and scholars from around the world gathered in Shanghai to discuss urban innovation and sustainable development during the forum.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Declaration will be delivered during the closing plenary of the forum to set forth prior tasks in building cities that establish harmony between diverse cultures, between development and environment, and future innovations.


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