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Shanghai Expo important opportunity for Belgium, says PM

Editor's note: Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme spoke highly of the ongoing 2010 Shanghai Expo.

The ongoing 2010 Shanghai Expo is an important opportunity for Belgium to introduce itself to the Chinese people, said Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme on Monday.

In an interview with Xinhua before his departure for Shanghai, Leterme pointed out that China is a great nation that opens up to the world, and Belgium is a gateway to Europe and has much to offer to China.

Belgium has made "a big effort to be at the height of the largest World Expo ever held," stressed the prime minister.

According to an opinion poll conducted among Chinese visitors, the Belgian pavilion is one of the four most popular sites at the Shanghai Expo, only after the Chinese, French and Italian pavilions.

"Participation in the Shanghai Expo is important for Belgium. This is the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the tens of millions of Chinese of all generations, and it is clear that China will play a leading role for the decades to come. And for a small country of ten million inhabitants such as Belgium, this is really an opportunity," said Leterme.

The prime minister is traveling to Shanghai to support the Belgian businesses and universities, as well as economic and social actors present at the Expo there.

Source: xinhuanet.com

Editor: Guo Xiaoming


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The World Expo is a large-scale, global, non-commercial Expo. The hosting of the World Expo must be applied for by a country and approved by the international World Expo committee.

The name of the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is Hai Bao, which means the treasure of the sea.

The emblem, depicting the image of three people-you, me, him/her holding hands together, symbolizes the big family of mankind.

The theme of Expo 2010 is "Better City, Better Life," representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments.


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