As many as 3000 offline exhibitors from 127 countries and regions are participating at the ongoing 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. Initiated by the Chinese government in 2018, the CIIE continues to serve as an important platform for the nation’s opening-up and enhancing international economic cooperation and free trade.
Three international organisations and 58 countries from five continents, especially those involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, are participating in the online country exhibition.
The Business Exhibition comprises exhibition areas food and agricultural products, automobile, intelligent industry and information technology, consumer goods, medical equipment and healthcare products, and trade in services. Thirteen themed subsections have been set up to showcase the latest products and innovations related to low-carbon energy and environmental protection.
“For any country or nation to thrive, it must follow the logic of history and develop in line with the trend of the times. As for China, we will not change our resolve to open wider at a high standard; we will not change our determination to share development opportunities with the rest of the world; and we will not change our commitment to an economic globalisation that is more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial for all,” said Chinese president Xi Jinping during the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. To mark this occasion, the Hongqiao International Economic Forum hosted a high-level forum themed “Mutual Benefit and Win-Win Solution for a Shared Future” to showcase China’s achievements in opening up 20 years and its confidence in fulfilling its higher-level opening-up goal.
“China will take an active part in cooperation within the United Nations, the WTO, the G20, APEC, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and other institutions, and promote more discussions on such issues as trade and investment, the digital economy, and green and low-carbon development. China will support the fair distribution of and unimpeded trade in vaccines and other key medical supplies across the world. China will promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. China will actively join in global efforts to tackle climate change and safeguard food and energy security, and provide more assistance to fellow developing countries within the framework of South-South cooperation,” added Jinping.