Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 29, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend a reception on April 30 at the Department of State hosted by the Department’s Office for Global Partnership Initiatives marking the opening of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Secretary Clinton will thank Department of State employees, USA Pavilion employees and USA Pavilion corporate sponsors for their help preparing for the launch of the USA Pavilion. Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission Xie Feng and Special Representative for Global Partnerships Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley will join Secretary Clinton in Washington. U.S. Commissioner General José H. Villarreal will join via digital video conference from the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.

Also joining via digital video conference will be Consulate Shanghai staff involved in the Expo planning and USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors. Additional staff from Consulate Shanghai, Embassy Beijing and the USA Pavilion will participate via conference call. Department of State employees stationed in Washington, D.C. will attend the event at the Department of State.

Secretary Clinton will deliver her remarks at approximately 10:00 a.m. EDT.

The United States is pleased to be participating in the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which will officially open May 1 and runs through October 31, 2010. It will be the first Expo hosted by China. With an estimated 70 million visitors, it will be the largest Expo (or World’s Fair) in history. A total of 242 participants will display at various pavilions at the Expo: 192 countries and 50 international organizations.

The USA Pavilion is a public-private partnership, funded 100% by over 50 sponsors, including, among many others, Chevron, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsico, and Citi. The Shanghai Expo is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the diversity, spirit of innovation, and commitment to sustainable development of the American people. For more information on the USA Pavilion, click here.

The USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors are in Shanghai to serve as guides and national representatives for the United States at the Expo. The students are Mandarin speakers from universities and colleges throughout the U.S. For more information on this program, click here.

The event will be open to credentialed members of the media.
Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.


PRESS CONTACTS:

Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2010/535