Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shanghai World Expo: A Better Life?

Sunday, 06 June 2010 14:04 Banyar Kong Janoi

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Download The Chinese government has spent nearly 60 Billion US dollars on it’s World Expo in Shanghai.

It’s on for 184 days and China is using it to show off its remarkable economic growth.

The expo also promises to give foreign nations and companies a chance to further develop business partnerships with China and Chinese companies.

Banyar Kong Janoi is at the Expo for Asia Calling.

Thousands of people are crowded in front of the gate.

Security guards are checking every person. Water and liquid are not allowed in. Notebook computers are scanned.

More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations have registered to make this the largest ever World Expo.

China expects almost 100 foreign leaders and millions of people from across the world to come and see the show.

Already there are long queues to get inside the pavilions.

It can take hours to get into popular ones from Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

Inside these pavilions, visitors experience the current and future urban life of the country by way of images and videos projected onto screens along the corridors.

Environmental protection is a common theme.

Hi-tech wind power and solar energy models are being promoted. Riding bicycles instead of driving cars is encouraged.

Sailee from Hong Kong has come here to explore new innovation.

“Learn the culture of other countries and also hi-tech. But also some kind of Chinese people and other foreigners”

The African live show is amusing many vistors.

Three black singers in full song interact with the audience.

Many developing countries are taking part in this year’s expo.

Mohammad Abdul Halim is a Bangladesh Pavilion representative.

“We have gained experience visiting different pavilions that how development their economy, history, culture, and even manufacture capacity. Then We can compare with our capacity. We have an opportunity to do how to develop farther in the capacity of Bangladesh so this is the best forum.”

He said the Expo is a symbol of China’s global influence.

“I think it is one of the greatest opportunity for China to show case this power because you know. China is fast forward country. It is going to dominate the world in term of economy. You know China is the pick of economic development: resource mobilization is highest pick so China is showing how powerful the country is economically, technologically, culture heritage all the things."

Halim see China as a role model for Bangladesh and another developing countries.

“Because of China develop in the fastest rate. They are using their resources in the greater way. They are very much environment conscious also. So Bangladesh as a developing country should fellow China on their development activities.”

The Expos theme song ‘a better city a better life’ can be hear throughout the park.

Shanghai resident Li Ping is happy with the rapid development taking place in her city.

“The situation now is far much better than before and definitely this slogan “better city better life” will be realized in the future since the world exposition brings with it advanced knowledge from the developed countries which will facilitate the realization of this version.”

But for some people the Expo has made their life harder.

Over ten thousands families were relocated to other areas to build the Expo.

Even though many of them received compensation, they are still struggling to find somewhere to live due to the soaring property prices.

Standing out side the Expo gates 70 year old, Xie Jing-hu says he has not seen change for the better.

He is a factory worker who rents a small flat with his wife.

“World exposition is organized by the government who takes responsibility for our ordinary people. We expect an improvement of life. It is every one’s wish but now we face housing problem that we wish to be resolved. It seems to us that the government begins paying attention to this problem gradually; however we understand that this problem can only be solved slowly.”

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