China Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017: future energy, green Silk Road

Updated 2017-06-09 12:23:28 CGTN

On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the the opening ceremony of Astana Expo 2017. The China Pavilion is one of the first exhibitors to welcome visitors.

Lin Shunjie, Deputy Commissioner of China Pavilion, took CGTN on an exclusive tour before zero hour.

"The real-size simulator of high-speed trains is definitely the highlight of the exhibition. You can experience driving this fast train from the city of Xi'an to Astana in just an instant," said Lin.

The China Pavilion has five different exhibition areas with the theme of "Future Energy and Green Silk Road". The pavilion covers an area of 1,000 square meters and focuses particularly on the achievements China has made in modernizing its energy sector, utilizing renewables, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable economic development.

China started developing nuclear fusion energy in the 1950s and joined the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER ) project as an equal member in 2007. China has since started to shoulder the burden of realizing mankind's nuclear fusion energy dream side by side with other international energy powers.

The man-made sun exhibited in the China Pavilion demonstrates the development of China's nuclear fusion energy.

The Astana Expo 2017 is scheduled for June 10 to September 10, under the theme of "Future Energy". The 133-hectare venue resembles the shape of a raindrop to remind visitors about the limited nature of the planet's resources.

At present over 100 countries are expected to participate in the expo, with each having their own pavilion. The organizers hope the expo will raise awareness and encourage debate about climate change.

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