The theme of the China Pavilion

Expo 2020 was the first World Expo since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme of the Chinese Pavilion was “Build a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind – Innovation & Opportunity”. This developed from four aspects – “Exploration and Discovery”, “Communication and Connection”, “Innovation and Cooperation” and “Opportunity and Future”. These were presented to highlight that innovation increases opportunity, which enables the opportunity to create the future, and the future enables common development.

The China Pavilion was named “The Light of China”, which symbolises hope and brightness. The “Sky Eye” FAST, BeiDou satellite, 5G technology and Artificial Intelligence was exhibited for the first time in the China Pavilion. This was accompanied by infrastructure projects such as a high-speed railway driving simulation and intelligent connected vehicles, demonstrating the potential for a more efficient and sustainable way of life.

“BeiDou Day” – The first themed day of China’s pavilion

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The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was the focal point of the China Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2021, where visitors from all around the world will see humanity’s adventure to explore the cosmos from the classical period to the modern age.

On July 31, 2020, Beidou-3 Global Navigation Satellite System was activated, establishing China’s global public service infrastructure. By 2035, China will put in place a comprehensive positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system with BeiDou as the core, promoting the robust development of global satellite navigation. This is with the aim of building a community with a shared future for mankind so that the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System can better serve the global community and benefit mankind.

Bio-Intelligent Interactive Vehicle – KUN

SAIC Motor unveiled a unique “KUN” concept car at the Dubai Expo 2020. As the representative of China’s auto industry, SAIC Motor officially launched a new category “BIV”, namely Bio-Intelligent Interactive Vehicle, and displayed its new self-developed energy concept car “KUN” in the China Pavilion. “KUN” was one of the stars at the China Pavilion, showcasing the powerful, cutting-edge and state-of-the-art technologies currently being developed and manufactured in China.

The entire body of “KUN” possesses a highly spherical bionic design, whilst the front body resembles a wide-mouthed fish, which is the origin of the name “KUN”. However, the most unique selling point is KUN’s market positioning as a bio-intelligent interactive car.

“The ‘KUN’ concept is anchored in SAIC’s heritage, vision, and path toward green mobility and future technologies,” said Tom Lee, general manager of SAIC Middle East. As a consequence of innovative technologies such as new energy and intelligent internet connection, SAIC has established a global automotive industry chain and its products and services have been exported to more than seventy countries and regions around the world.

Tencent’s global livestreaming on the theme of “Digital Life”

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On the 17th of January, a seventy-minute global live stream was held on the theme of “Digital Life” at the China Pavilion, showcasing Tencent’s digital practices and great efforts towards improving life, manufacturing, and public utilities in China to the audiences from around the world.

AI technology has aided the manufacturing industry to increase the efficiency of quality inspections, as well as providing support for medical treatment and diagnosis (e.g., digitalisation of health records). It is worth noting that Tencent’s AI technology has been used to address the shortage of supplies during the pandemic.

Tencent Cloud launched a real-time help desk via the WeChat mini-program, where the needs of individual donors, material production enterprises, hospitals and other parties can be met to ensure the supply of material resources and provide platform support for pandemic control. Additionally, this platform includes rich features such as real-name authentication, corporate authentication, information centre, support centre, service provider suggestion, and so forth.


Digital technology is playing an essential role in the physical economy, which is reflected in every aspect of domestic life in China. As a beneficiary and contributor to economic globalisation as well as the most populous developing country, China’s development has benefited from the international community and created new historic opportunities for the common prosperity of the world. For those remarkable technologies developed by Chinese companies, the question of how to strike a balance between social and corporate values, with a focus on sustainable development, will be a big challenge in the future.