Shanghai World Expo Showcases China’s Soft Power

The World Expo opens May 1. AP reports:

Just as the Beijing Olympics showed China’s growing economic and geopolitical influence for a few weeks in , the biggest World’s Fair ever will let China’s communist leaders showcase , and cultural over six months.

“The Chinese government is feeling more and more self-confident, but not so confident,” says , a China expert at Hong Kong’s University of and Technology.

“Many ultranationalists hope Beijing will show its hard power, but the government is still very careful. The Expo is a very safe way for them to show China’s soft power,” he said.

The expo opening May 1 in Shanghai is expected to attract 70 million visitors, including an estimated 5 million tourists.

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