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Top Legislator: Shanghai Expo to Be 'Successful, Splendid and Unforgettable'

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The Shanghai World Expo, which has received nearly 60 million visitors over the past five months, will surely be successful, said China's top legislator Wu Bangguo on Friday.

"We have every reason to believe that, with concerted efforts of all sides, Expo 2010 Shanghai will surely be a successful, splendid and unforgettable event," Wu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, said at the ceremony for the China National Pavilion Day on Friday, also the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

As the first such global event hosted by a developing country in the history of the World Expo, Shanghai Expo has seen participants from 246 countries and international organizations in the past five months. It has also hosted more than 100 foreign leaders and nearly 60 million Chinese and foreign visitors.

Pavilions of diverse styles bearing distinct features of different countries stand alongside each other in the Expo Park, hosting creative exhibitions and various cultural performances.

"They form a vivid picture of the diverse world and the harmonious co-existence of different cultures and civilizations," Wu said.

Wu also paid gratitude to the governments and peoples of other countries, the International Exhibitions Bureau and relevant international organizations and all participants, for their great support.

(Xinhua News Agency October 1, 2010)

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