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Shanghai Daily awarded Expo honor

SHANGHAI Daily was honored as a model institution and Wu Zheng, deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper, a model individual at a national conference in Beijing held yesterday to reward the institutions and individuals who contributed to the success of the Shanghai World Expo.

Shanghai Daily published 185 issues of Expo Daily, the only official English daily newspaper at the Expo site, throughout the event which ran from May 1 to October 31.

Other model individuals included Bai Yifan, a veteran volunteer who sent more than 70,000 short messages to guide other volunteers; Lin Qibin, better known as the "Running Traffic Policeman" because he was always running when directing busy traffic in front of an Expo entrance; and Xu Weiqin, a shuttle bus driver at the site who sometimes worked for more than 13 hours a day.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and China's Cabinet honored 377 institutions and 519 individuals.

Addressing the meeting, President Hu Jintao said China hailed the achievements accomplished while hosting the Expo as part of the efforts to modernize the country.

Hu called the Expo a successful, spectacular and unforgettable event that would feature prominently in the history of World Expos.

He said the 2011-2015 period was crucial to the building of a moderately well-off society in all respects and called for the transformation of the Shanghai Expo's achievements into "new advantages" that will boost China's opening-up and reform as well as its socialist modernization.

China should further study the new concepts for development demonstrated at the Expo and deepen its understanding of the global development trends in economy, science and technology and urbanization, in order to benefit China's development, he said.

China should learn how to achieve an all-round, coordinated and sustainable development that puts people first, he said.

This will help China accelerate the transformation of its economic growth model and industrial restructuring, and further balance development between rural and urban areas.

Hu called for the study and use of new technologies showcased in Shanghai to strengthen China's innovative edge and industrial upgrading. He said China should also learn from the advanced ideas on urban development and management, which was the theme of the Shanghai Expo.

The World Expo attracted a total of 73 million visitors to the city.


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