DPRK official says Shanghai Expo promotes friendly cooperation among nations

19:44, September 06, 2010      

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A senior government official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Monday the Shanghai World Expo would help promote friendly cooperation among countries and regions, and among international organizations at a ceremony marking the DPRK Pavilion Day.

Speaking after a brief flag-raising ceremony, Hwang Hak Won, the DPRK minister of urban management, said the Expo has become a platform for all people to demonstrate their achievements and experiences in science and technology, social and economic development, and culture.

He said the DPRK was also showing its modern-day achievements to visitors from around the world through the pavilion.

The DPRK has brought a miniature landscape of its capital Pyongyang, dubbed "Paradise for People," to Shanghai Expo park as staff members are busy selling commemorative stamps, with some featuring China-DPRK friendship, to tourists.

The pavilion is also using the chance to promote their domestically-made products such as face-whitening cosmetics and medicinal toothpaste to visitors.

The Shanghai pavilion is the DPRK's first at the World Expo.

Hwang Hak Won said the DPRK would work with China in the future to promote friendship between the two countries to a higher level.

Guo Yunchong, the Chinese Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, had met the visiting DPRK officials, and said the DPRK Pavilion has demonstrated the history, culture, architecture, and local traditions of the DPRK to visitors from around the world.

Guo said he believed the World Expo would strengthen bilateral relations, and cement political trust between the two countries.

To date, 4.37 million people had visited the DPRK pavilion, averaging 40,000 visitors per day.

Source: Xinhua


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