Q4: Will you put great emphasis on Expo being a vehicle to change the spiritual way the people of Shanghai think can enrich their way of thinking to improve their future? What Expo can mean for chinese people?
A: What kind of urban life is best for us, and what kind of life will make urban life better? In probing these issues, we've produced differing viewpoints. We have to admit that problems do arise with uran development. One problem concerns the relationship between Man and Nature: Pollution is getting more severe and energy consumption is growing. Twenty, even 10 years ago, we didn't imagine that annual steel consumption would top 0.6 billion tons. Last year, coal consumption reached three billion tons. Obviously, energy consumption is escalating at a high rate. A question arises: Is this development sustainable? Specifically: What type of urban life best suits human beings? These are tough questions indeed. What way of life should we adopt? For many years life in the West, particularly in the US, has relied on high levels of energy consumption. America, a "country on wheel," has large numbers of vehicles and huge energy demands. Can China afford this way of life? How China should live is a tough issue. China has achieved great economic success, albeit with many resultant problems, such as the widening income gap and the more strained human relationships. So, with relation to urban development, creating a harmonious environment for Man and Nature and among humans is an issue requiring a solution.