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US signs up to participate in Shanghai's World Expo

The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  signed up Friday the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, officials said, making it the last major country with diplomatic ties to China to join the event.

A total of 192 countries have committed to the biggest-ever World Expo, running from May to October, which, alongside the Olympics, is designed to be part of a two-pronged demonstration of China's rising global clout.

Fundraising difficulties had threatened to prevent the US from building a pavilion for the Expo but organisers said they got a boost from donations in the past two months from Pepsi, General Electric and KFC KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken (restaurant chain)
KFC Kenya Flower Council
KFC Kitchen Fresh Chicken (Kentucky Fried Chicken motto)
KFC Kung Fu Cult (Cinema)
KFC Kitchen Fixed Charge
 owner Yum! Brands Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) or Yum! is a Fortune 500 corporation, that operates or licenses A&W (excluding Canada), KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, it is the world's largest quick-service (a.k.a. .

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last week the pavilion, which US law prohibits from being taxpayer-funded, would go ahead.

"The highest levels of the United States government are committed to the US pavilion at the Shanghai Expo," Jose Villarreal, a Texas attorney who is leading the US participation, said in a statement.

The US is the latest country to sign up after San Marino San Marino, city, United States
San Marino (săn mərē`nō), residential city (1990 pop. 12,959), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1913. Of interest is the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
, the world's smallest city state.

The Western European principality of Andorra is now the sole Expo holdout hold·out  
One that withholds agreement or consent upon which progress is contingent.

Noun 1. holdout - a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms; "their star pitcher was a holdout for six
 among countries with diplomatic relations to China, according to Expo organisers.
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Date:Jul 10, 2009
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