U.S. Could be No-show at 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair

Don Lee from the Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. may not participate in the 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair:

Although a no-show by the U.S. wouldn’t go down well in Beijing, it would really hurt America’s image among the Chinese public, said Sidney Rittenberg, a prominent China consultant based in Washington state.

“Most will feel it’s a deliberate humiliation,” he said. “It’s going to stir up a lot of bad feelings,” including the possibility of boycotts of American goods.

Eliasoph certainly hopes it won’t come down to that. By design, China’s pavilion was placed at one end of the fairgrounds and the U.S. pavilion at the other.

“It looks like America and China are co-anchoring the world,” she said. “It’s really striking if you imagine if we’re not there.”

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