Chinese leaders honor contributors to Shanghai Expo's success

21:28, December 27, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao delivers a speech during a national conference to honor model institutions and individuals that contributed to the successful hosting of the Shanghai World Expo in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 27, 2010. (Xinhua)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior officials Monday attended a national conference to honor model institutions and individuals that contributed to the successful hosting of the Shanghai World Expo.

At the conference presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Premier Wang Qishan announced the decision by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council, China's Cabinet, to honor the 377 institutions and 519 individuals.

Senior officials including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, all members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, attended the conference.

Wang also announced the State Council's decision to honor the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and an exhibition contractor called Nam Kwong from the Macao SAR for their contributions to the Expo that ran from May 1 to Oct. 31 this year.

Later, Hu and other senior officials presented awards, at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing, to representatives of the honored institutions and 515 individuals, as well as posthumous awards to representatives of four people who laid down their lives for a successful hosting of the Shanghai expo.

The six-month Expo drew a total of 73 million visitors, with 5.8 percent of them from foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

Source: Xinhua
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