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Cablegate: Shanghai Mayor Dicusses Expo, Potus Visit with Ambassador

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SUBJECT: SHANGHAI MAYOR DICUSSES EXPO, POTUS VISIT WITH AMBASSADOR
HUNTSMAN

1. (SBU) Summary: Shanghai Mayor HAN Zheng welcomed the
upcoming visit by President Obama to Shanghai during an October
14 call by Ambassador Huntsman. The Ambassador outlined the
Obama Administration's goal of a "positive, collaborative, and
comprehensive" relationship with China and stressed the
importance of the upcoming Shanghai Expo in strengthening mutual
understanding between the United States and China. Han seconded
the Ambassador's observations and expressed hope the President
would visit the site of the USA Pavilion at the Expo grounds
during his November visit. End summary.

2. (SBU) During a brief courtesy call October 14, Shanghai
Mayor HAN Zheng reminisced about his meeting with then-Governor
Huntsman three years earlier. The Ambassador noted that he had
been very impressed both by Shanghai and by Mayor Han himself.
He added that the President is looking forward to his visit to
China. According to the Ambassador, President Obama has a very
realistic view of U.S.-China relations and seeks a positive,
collaborative, and comprehensive relationship with China.
Currently, the Ambassador observed, U.S.-China relations are in
a very positive period of growth and development, and the
President will be able to see China's dynamism when he visits in
November. Han replied Shanghai is also looking forward to the
President's visit. He stressed the numerous connections between
the United States and China and Shanghai in particular.
Notably, the United States accounts for a quarter of China's
global trade, and Shanghai is home to the largest number of
U.S.-invested firms in China.

3. (SBU) Reviewing his participation earlier in the day in a
"topping off" ceremony for the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo
site, the Ambassador praised Han for the preparations for next
year's World Exposition. He stressed the potential for the Expo
to enhance understanding between the United States and China.
Han indicated the Shanghai Municipal Government, as the host of
the Expo, had closely followed the progress of the various
participants, including the United States. The Ambassador's
participation in the topping off ceremony demonstrated his
support of Expo. Han hoped the USA Pavilion will help to give
Chinese a better understanding of American society and culture
and extended an invitation for the President to visit the site
of the Pavilion during his visit to Shanghai.

4. (SBU) Completing the USA Pavilion is a priority for the
United States, the Ambassador indicated. He noted Secretary of
State Clinton had raised the Shanghai Expo as the first point in
his meeting with her, and he predicted the USA Pavilion will
attract a large number of visitors. The Ambassador commented
that Han's management of the Expo preparations surely could win
him awards from MBA schools and asked about plans for the future
use of the site. In addition, the Ambassador noted the
increasingly global nature of U.S.-China relations that reaches
beyond the traditional range of bilateral issues. Shanghai, he
observed, is a global city that exemplifies the complexity of
China's relations with the United States and the rest of the
world.

5. (SBU) Han thanked the Ambassador for his support of the Expo
as well as the support of the U.S. Government and Secretary
Clinton. He indicated the Shanghai authorities will follow the
guidance and principles of the Bureau of International
Expositions in the arrangements for conversion of the Expo site.
The Municipal Government expects to have its final plan for the
site in place before the end of the Expo and will be soliciting
input from international experts in this effort. Much of the
land will be converted into parks, museums, and international
meeting facilities, Han said.

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