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Hastings Urges U.S. Participation in 2010 Shanghai Expo

2009. 15 June

( Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) introduced a resolution encouraging the United States to participate in the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

"The upcoming 2010 Shanghai Expo brings together more than 170 countries, 70 million visitors, and thousands of displays of new and emerging technologies and products to spur economic growth and trade.
Each participating country traditionally creates a pavilion to showcase its distinctive products, technological advances, and national culture," said Hastings. "I am concerned that the United States is in danger of being a no-show."

Rep Alcee L. Hastings Shanghai Expo Resolution 6.4.09 (PDF)

"While we have made verbal commitments to participate, the necessary diplomatic and fundraising efforts have lagged. We risk jeopardizing an important opportunity to demonstrate our global leadership, improve relations with China, and convey to millions of visitors our country´s many technological and cultural achievements. The Exposition´s organizers are simply waiting for confirmation of our commitment to participate; we have less than a year to make it happen."

The resolution highlights that the Universal Exposition, or World´s Fair, dates back to the mid-19th century, making it older than the modern-day Olympics and behind only the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics in global economic and cultural impact. The United States has a long history of involvement in the World´s Fair, including hosting almost 20 fairs, many of which have left lasting impressions on the nation.

"The Chinese government has generously allocated over 60,000 square feet for the American pavilion, sharing that honor only with China. The American pavilion has already been conceived, and will feature environmentally-friendly and sustainable technologies and exhibitions. By not participating in this celebration of global diversity the US is depriving the international community of experiencing the very best of American initiative and innovation."

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