Washington Post, May 7, 2009 page A9:
US State Dept. pushing participation after China expressed dismay to Clinton:
The website for the Shanghai 2010 Expo displays picture of gleaming national pavilions in anticipation of the grand opening a year from now. Virtually every nation in the world is participating in a 6-month event that is expected to attract 70 million visitors at a site twice the size of Monaco with China spending $7.3 billion to demonstrate its new global standing.
Clinton wrote: "It is crucial for the US to be present along with the other 180 nations participating in this major gloal event. The US presence at the Expo will showcase American business, culture and values in China's most dynamic city and foster an even stronger friendship between the American and Chinese peoples."
Francis Shieh aka Xie Shihao, a native of Shanghai who would like to promote better understanding of the folks in USA and in China. "A Glimpse of the Chinese Language" is dedicated for the visitors and is available free of charge at www.rand.org. It is interesting to note that even though Mandarin is the official language of China but Wu dialect(mainly Shanghai dialect) would certainly entertain the folks in Shanghai with different tones.
Wu dialect is being offered at www.Dictyon.net for reference.
Thursday,May 7, 2009 at 12.28 p.m.