Expo 2010 Shanghai: searching for meaning

21:11, July 01, 2010      

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Editor's note: The 2010 World Expo has turned Shanghai into an international carnival. Xinhua News Agency is inviting participants and visitors to share their "postcards" from China during the Expo. Contribution can be impressions of the Expo or of Shanghai or other parts of China, as well as stories, written reflections, travelogues, comments or any other observations relating to the 2010 Expo.


The following is a contribution from Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, an international investment banker and corporate strategist, and author of the book "How China's Leaders Think: The Inside Story of Reform and What This Means for the Future". He was invited to produce, write and present for China Central Television (CCTV), a national broadcaster, a five-episode miniseries giving his personal take on the Expo.

Expo 2010 Shanghai: searching for meaning

I've just spent five weeks at Expo 2010 Shanghai, the greatest gathering of countries, cities and organizations in World Fair history at the very moment when China has become the second largest economic power on earth.

On its surface, Expo is about dazzling technologies, dynamic design, and cultural diversity. But what lies beneath? I decided to search for meaning in Expo -- implications for world economics, business, finance, and politics.

In a dynamic world, with turbulent markets, CEOs must on constant watch for international trends, ever scanning the horizon for opportunities and threats. Expo 2010 Shanghai, featuring 189 countries and over 100 international companies and organizations, all presenting their core interests and primary visions, is a highly efficient way to watch the world and scan the horizon.

Expo's theme is "Better City, Better Life." More people are living in cities, particularly in the developing world. But most cities make life worse. How can cities makes life better? That's the idea.
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