World Expo 2010 Shanghai will be another landmark event for China to present itself to the world after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. As a Shanghainese working in Beijing, I would like to extend my best wishes for the success of this great event.
When London hosted the first World Expo over 150 years ago, China had just suffered a disastrous defeat in the Opium War and was forced to sign an unequal treaty, ceding territories and paying indemnities under humiliating terms. By then, underpinned by eight decades of Industrial Revolution, Britain had become the first industrialized country in the world, and its ships were plying the waters of the world, including coastal and inland areas of China.
Our earth is not a big planet in the solar system, and the sun does not stand out from the rest of the 400 billion stars in the whole galaxy which also looks very tiny in the universe. However, thanks to our ancestors who created the Chinese civilization, this planet blessed with brown earth and blue water cherishes more distinctive features with greater intelligence and better human ethics than any other parts of the universe.
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