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World Expos: Chinese President Hu Jintao visits USA Pavilion

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Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a visit to the Shanghai World Expo Park Thursday, two days ahead of the opening of the historical global event. 

Accompanied by José H. Villarreal, U.S. Commissioner General and Beatrice Camp, U.S. Consul General, Hu visited the USA Pavilion and experienced its four-theater exhibition with the theme of “Rising to the Challenge” and was briefed on the latest preparatory work by the pavilion organizers.

José H. Villarreal, on behalf of the USA Pavilion, welcomed Chinese President Hu and the Expo 2010 Shanghai World Expo Organizing Committee Group to the USA Pavilion; the group was shown the highlights of the USA Pavilion multimedia experience.

“President Hu’s visit is a great honor to us all, as well as an encouragement to our team.”  Villarreal remarked, “I’m pleased to congratulate China on the opening of the Shanghai World Expo, a historical event that allows the American and Chinese peoples to continue to get to know each other on a deeper and broader basis. We are excited to show the world that the USA Pavilion is ready to welcome our guests from all over the world with exciting multi-media presentation and cultural performances.”

During his visit inside the USA pavilion, Hu also greeted and chatted warmly with the pavilion’s Student Ambassadors. Hu praised the volunteer spirits represented by the young American college students and encouraged them to foster communications with their Chinese youngster peers, while embarking on guiding visitors from around the world.

President Hu also previewed parts of the pavilion’s Act I show, which will be presented to the public during the six month event, where U.S. President Barack Obama says hello to pavilion visitors in Mandarin Chinese, expresses his congratulations to the Shanghai World Expo and invites Chinese people to visit the United States.At over 60, 000 square feet (6000 square meters), the USA Pavilion will be one of the largest national pavilions at the Expo.  With the theme of “Rise to the Challenge”, it will showcase American culture, values, innovation and business in China’s most dynamic city, while celebrating the friendship and cooperation between the U.S. and China. For more information on the USA Pavilion, please visit www.usapavilion2010.com.

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