Witness of dazzling exhibitions, heated negotiations on trade cooperation as well as the signing of orders, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) closed its fourth edition in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The unstoppable popularity of the CIIE in the midst of the still devastating COVID-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated the confidence of the countries of the world in the high-level opening of China, their passion for sharing the development opportunities of China and their common expectations for building an open world economy.
High-level openness commitments
The exhibition attracted nearly 3,000 companies from 127 countries and regions. LEGO toys, new tasting chocolates, autonomous cleaning robots, baby snowboards and many other novelties from famous brands made their debut at the show.
As low-carbon and green development has become a global trend, cutting-edge products such as zero-emission racing cars and plastic bottle recycling machines have also won crowds.
Clearly, the CIIE has brought to the world fancy products but also avant-garde consumer concepts as well as innovative ideas.
Over 80 percent of the world’s 500 largest companies and industry leaders who have attended previous shows are here this year. The total exhibition area for companies extended to 366,000 square meters.
Behind these statistics lies the tangible legacy of the CIIE which has benefited companies around the world, which in turn has boosted their confidence in China’s commitment to open up further.
He Zhiyun, chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in New Zealand, said the CIIE has witnessed China’s determination to further expand its high-level opening and also demonstrated the country’s ability to achieve this goal.
Faith in sharing opportunities with the world
In the huge yet crowded CIIE exhibition hall, a Baymax-like coffee robot quickly moving its metal arms to the national pavilion of Timor Leste was quite eye-catching. What was more appealing was the scent of the coffee.
Timor Leste is well known for its Kopi Luwak. The country has actively participated in the CIIE since 2018. Over the past four years, the event has helped raise the visibility of its Kopi Luwak in China. Since last year’s Expo, Kopi Luwak, along with other types of specialty coffee from Timor Leste, have won orders worth US $ 5 million.
China encouraged and helped least developed countries to join the CIIE. The Timor Leste exhibition area has been expanded from an insulated shelf to two standard booths covering a total of 18 square meters and is free of site fees.
This is a preferential policy which applies to all national flags of the least developed countries. According to the CIIE Bureau, 90 companies from 33 of these countries are participating in this year’s Expo.
The CIIE has helped these companies avoid intermediary linkages and deliver their products directly to the Chinese market, which shows that China is willing to share its development opportunities with other countries. Sharing is the very spirit that China supports in its work with the rest of the world.
In the Food and Agricultural Products section, a sign at the national flag of Serbia reads âLet’s share our best with Chinaâ. Sasa Jeremic, vice-consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, told Xinhua that “we want to share our best products with Chinese consumers.”
Common desire to build an open global economy
Zhang Xiangchen, deputy director general of the World Trade Organization, said the CIIE has become an international public good, playing a positive role in promoting international trade and trade policy exchanges.
At this year’s CIIE, countries along the Belt and Road also took advantage of this platform to showcase their products and develop their activities. Among the nearly 3,000 companies present at the event, more than 600 companies hail from 50 countries along the Belt and Road.
Sri Lanka’s national pavilion was packed with Chinese buyers who appreciate Ceylon tea, the South Asian country’s signature.
“Besides tea, we also brought here Sri Lankan spices, coconut oil, cookies, chocolates and kithul jaggery, something I don’t think most Chinese already have. tasted, “said Kavisha Lokuhitige, secretary general of China. -Sri Lankan Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation.
China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become the world’s largest international cooperation platform, with 141 countries and 32 international organizations signing relevant cooperation documents with China .
Data shows that the cumulative volume of China’s merchandise trade with the BIS countries reached $ 9.2 trillion between 2013 and 2020.
For Ta Ngoc Hung, Managing Director (CEO) of Vietnamese agricultural manufacturer and exporter Vinapro, CIIE is a valuable opportunity for global manufacturers and exporters.
âThrough the exhibition, we can both maintain our relationships with old customers in China and find many potentials regardless of the restrictions related to COVID-19,â Hung said.
According to the CEO, the business opportunities provided by the CIIE are even more valuable given the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hampered business activities across the world.
“He embodies China’s willingness to open up to the world as an active promoter of international trade cooperation,” Hung said, adding that “as a foreign exporter, we really appreciate the valuable opportunities. , especially during a pandemic, and we will participate in the CIIE every year. “