CRACKDOWN ON DISSIDENTS: Fanfare as Shanghai World Expo opens

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Fanfare as Shanghai World Expo opens
Tags: China, dissidents, Feng Zhenghu, Shanghai Expo

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Dignitaries gathered in Shanghai for the opening of the 2010 World Expo, a six-month event that kicks off Friday night with a lavish riverside display of fireworks and lights expected to rival the Beijing Olympics’ launch in its extravagance.
The Expo is showcasing China’s dazzling commercial capital but also has brought a massive security crackdown and renewed harassment of political dissidents.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and other world leaders, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, were due to attend the gradiose opening ceremony.
The Expo opens to the public on Saturday and is expected to draw 70 million people to pavilions from almost 200 nations during its run through October.
Celebrities expected to perform at the Expo opening or otherwise…

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