A Joyful Gathering for A Better Future
——Toast by H.E. Hu Jintao President of the People's Republic of China
At Welcoming Dinner of Expo 2010 Shanghai China Shanghai, 30 April 2010
Your Excellency Jean-Pierre Lafon, President of the International Exhibitions Bureau, Your Excellency Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General of the International Exhibitions Bureau, Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Speakers of Parliament and Representatives of Royal Families, Distinguished Representatives of International Organizations, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
The grand opening of Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be held this evening. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I wish to extend a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests who have come to Shanghai for this event. I would like to express heartfelt thanks to the governments and people of all countries for the sincere help and strong support they have given to the Shanghai Expo. My thanks also go to the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) and other international organizations, and to all the friends who have contributed to Expo 2010 Shanghai.
The World Expo is a grand event to showcase the best achievements of human civilization. It is also a great occasion for people from around the world to share joy and friendship. Over the past 159 years since its inception, the World Expo has brought together people from different countries, ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds for sincere exchanges, friendship, cooperation and development. It has given us a valuable spiritual asset of pursuing progress, innovation, openness, common prosperity and harmony. And it has played an important and unique role in advancing human civilization.
Expo 2010 Shanghai is the first registered World Expo hosted by a developing country. It is an opportunity for China and also for the world. This Expo will present to the world a China, a country with a five-thousand-year civilization, that is enjoying fast development and changes through reform and opening up. It will serve as a bridge for China to learn the good experience of other countries and engage in exchanges and cooperation with the rest of the world. More importantly, Expo 2010 Shanghai belongs to the world. In the coming six months, focusing on the theme Better City, Better Life, the Expo will offer a platform for all countries and regions to fully exhibit their achievements in urban civilization, share best practices and spread advanced ideas on urban development. We will learn from each other, draw on each other's strengths and explore new models of housing, living and working for mankind in the new century. I believe that the Expo will add a new chapter to the annals of interactions and mutual learning between the Chinese people and people of other countries and between different civilizations.