CIIE reflects ‘win-win’ cooperation

Big event Chinese President Xi Jinping (ninth from left) welcomes foreign leaders during the opening of the first China International Import Expo or CIIE in Shanghai on Monday. Joining Xi on stage were Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Georgia’s Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Czech President Milos Zeman. Xinhua

BEIJING — As the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) nears, officials and entrepreneurs around the world aim to seize the opportunity to explore the Chinese market, voicing greater confidence in China’s further opening up.

“We understand the CIIE as … showcasing China’s greater openness to importers. These are all moves in the right direction,” World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said. “We support what China is doing to expand imports and address global trade imbalances.”

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told Xinhua that “the expo is a ‘win-win’ event for both China and the world, as it provides new opportunities for cooperation, helps companies across the globe enter the Chinese market and paves the way for China to satisfy its growing demand for high-quality products.”

Pakistan is confronted with current account deficit and the CIIE “is a great opportunity for Pakistan to have a pavilion where we will be exhibiting our exports,” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

Khan hailed China’s reform and opening up policy which provides Chinese industries a better environment to compete in international trade. “China has set a good example,” he said.

Madagascar will showcase products such as vanilla, cocoa beans, coffee beans and minerals at the CIIE. China offers a great opportunity for everyone and everyone must know how to seize this opportunity, Minister of Tourism Jean Brunelle Razafintsiandraofa told Xinhua.

“Australia thinks it (the CIIE) is a great celebration of … the economic contribution that China makes to the region and the world. That is why we’re delighted that some 180 Australian businesses and brands are participating,” said Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.

“We are in global markets, we are all together and we want to cooperate,” Israeli Scientific Minister Ofir Akunis said, adding that it is a “very good idea” and the “right way” that China hosts the CIIE where people from all over the world will meet meet on cooperation in the future.

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