BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo started a timer for year-long countdown to the Shanghai World Expo Friday at Tian'anmen Square in the heart of Beijing.
Wu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, said at a ceremony that Chinese government will spare no efforts in preparation for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and looks forward to experiencing technological advances and sharing achievements of human civilization with friends from across the world.
He said the World Expo has been proved through its more than 150 years history to play an important and unique role in promoting world economic and technological development.
The Expo could also help promote the development of civilizations and cultures, he said.
China's biggest city Shanghai won a bid to host the 2010 World Expo in 2002. The Expo will be on stage from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year.