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Taiwan has Expo goal even after deadly toll

TAIWAN will keep its 200 million yuan (US$29.26 million) budget to build its pavilion at the 2010 World Expo site despite its deadliest typhoon in half a century that has also brought great economic loss.

A top official involved in the island's Expo participation made the assurance in Shanghai yesterday as construction began on the pavilion.

But the Taiwan organizer had halted private fund raising for the pavilion across the island and would not restart until after rescue and relief work were finished, said Chih Kang Wang, chairman of the Taipei World Trade Center, the organization that will be responsible for Taiwan Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo.

Many Taiwan companies have donated construction material such as glass, steel and concrete. Some cash donations were also received from companies, including RT-Mart, a Taiwan-based chain supermarket, to help with pavilion construction.

The 1,000-square-meter Taiwan Pavilion will be a transparent cube housing a giant ball in its center.

The pavilion will be mainly made of steel and glass, with the outlines of the island's Mount Morrison and Mount Ali painted on the facade.

The main part of the pavilion will be built with stone from Jade Mountain and soil from Yin-Ko Town.

Its exhibition theme is "Mountain, Water, Heart and Lantern."

The pavilion would showcase the island's scenery, its kind-hearted people and culture, said C. Y. Lee, chief designer of the pavilion as well as Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.


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