This five-part documentary represents a significant step by CCTV News towards international co-production in its analysis and reporting. With its commitment to enlisting the best overseas talent and resources, CCTV News invited Robert Lawrence Kuhn, author of a biography of China´s former President Jiang Zemin, to host a documentary on the Shanghai World Expo.
The documentary was filmed in April and May this year by American director Peter Getzels working with a CCTV crew. Dr. Kuhn tours the Expo site, interviewing the organizers and other key figures.
I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn. I wrote the biography of China’s former President, Jiang Zemin, and my new book, How China’s Leaders Think...
Expo Shanghai Offers Break-Out and Break-Through,Innovation and Change. It´s About Vision and Scope --Unifying the Human Family with Inspired Passion for Epic Struggle...But Why are foreigners Suspicious of China, Anxious over China’s growth and ambitions? Foreigners May Fret over China’s Motives. Yet They’re Mesmerized by China’s Markets.The Chinese people are Proud that China has Re-Emerged as a Great Power. Thus, Two Major Meanings of Expo Intertwine: The global demand for Livable Cities and Green Technologies; And the Historic Rise of China. Read Expo 2010 Shanghai as China’s Vision of the Future.
To save our cities, to protect our planet, to seek harmony among peoples,to share diverse cultures, to make for our children a better world than we have for ourselves, to build the global community. All nations have also come to celebrate China; to recognize China’s emergence as a great power and a responsible nation. For China, this is an honor, and a burden.For the world, we wait and hope.
Shanghai’s Epic Story is Part the Great Blooming of China, and Part the Cross-pollination of East and West. But the Past is Prelude. Shanghai’s New Epic Story is to become a World City – A leader in Business, Finance, Trade, Science, Technology, and perhaps even Culture. As China reaches out beyond its borders and across the seas; Reclaiming its Role as a Leading Nation and a Great Power, Shanghai is Forging the Future.Leading China today...and Perhaps the world tomorrow.
The Chinese word for China, Zhong-Guo, means, “Middle Kingdom,”Or “the Country in the Center." Center of the World? There is burden as well as honor. China is Back...So Let the Word Go Forth...As China retakes its long-empty seat at the High Table of Great Nations.
Expo exemplifies Shanghai, Shanghai transforms China, and China’s transformation changes the world. Here, then, is Shanghai’s historic mission as a world city, as the largest population on Earth continues the greatest transformation in history.
Expo´s Meaning, Shanghai´s Mission is the first joint venture between CCTV and the Kuhn Foundation.