Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai, November 5th: The CIIE has resumed its offline activities and China once again sends a strong message of opening up to the world.
Xinhua News Agency reporter
The 6th China International Import Expo opened in Shanghai on the 5th. In the context of the world economy facing many challenges, this global economic and trade event, which was fully resumed offline for the first time after the COVID-19 epidemic, once again released a strong message to the world that China will continue to promote high-level opening up and share development opportunities with other countries.
This CIIE attracted guests from 154 countries, regions and international organizations. More than 3,400 exhibitors and nearly 410,000 professional visitors have registered, fully returning to pre-epidemic levels. The exhibition area of the enterprise exhibition reached a new high, and the exhibition area and number of projects in the innovation incubation area doubled compared with the previous session.
As the world’s first national-level exhibition with an import theme, the CIIE was personally planned, proposed, deployed and promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, aiming to expand opening up and turn China’s big market into a big opportunity for the world.
“China will always be an important opportunity for world development, will firmly promote high-level opening up, and continue to promote economic globalization in a more open, inclusive, universally beneficial, balanced, and win-win direction.” President Xi Jinping told the Sixth National Congress on the 5th Said in the letter to the CIIE.
On November 5, visitors communicated next to the black dolphin targeted magnetic stimulation robot exhibited by Omron at the 6th China International Import Expo.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Fang Zhe
A more open “golden door”
From highly flexible robots and innovative treatments for rare diseases to Syrian perfume and Afghan carpets, goods and services from all over the world gathered in the CIIE pavilion to demonstrate to visitors the huge potential of global free trade.
Since it was first held in 2018, the CIIE has witnessed China’s sincerity and practical actions in actively opening its market to the world, and has been called the “golden door” to the Chinese market.
In the first five CIIEs, 131 countries and international organizations participated in the national comprehensive exhibition, launching about 2,000 new products, new technologies, and new services, with a cumulative intended transaction volume of nearly US$350 billion.
Li Qiang, Premier of the State Council, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 6th China International Import Expo, saying that China will continue to promote opening-up with “greater market opportunities”, opening-up with “better alignment of rules”, opening-up with “more momentum for innovation” and Openness that is “stronger in inclusiveness and sharing”.
Actively expand imports, implement the national version and the free trade pilot zone version of the negative list for cross-border service trade, further relax market access, and strengthen innovative cooperation and result sharing with all parties… On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of reform and opening up, China has A new declaration on opening up to the outside world was made at the Expo.
This made General Motors Global Executive Vice President and President of China Company Bai Li very excited. “Whether it is for foreign-funded enterprises or the global economy, China’s expectations of continuing to expand its opening up in the future are extremely encouraging,” he said.
Compared with previous editions, the number of Fortune 500 companies, industry leading companies, and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises participating in this year’s CIIE is the highest ever, demonstrating the valuable certainty that this large platform for China’s opening up to the outside world has brought to global economic and trade development.
Bai Li called the CIIE a “perfect example” of China’s continued deepening of opening up to the outside world. He said: “It is exciting to resume the offline holding of this CIIE. The increasingly open China and its economic vitality have strong appeal to companies from all over the world. We are very much looking forward to using the CIIE to further tap the potential of the Chinese market. .”
A series of global premieres and China debuts will continue to be the most eye-catching scenery at the CIIE. At this CIIE, more than 400 new products, new technologies, and new services are expected to be unveiled.
This year is the sixth consecutive year that American company Fudiway has participated in the exhibition. They will showcase new technologies and solutions in the fields of Industry 4.0, green energy, low-carbon transportation and smart medical care.
“Hosting the CIIE for six consecutive years demonstrates China’s determination to persist in opening up to the outside world,” said Hong Binshun, President of Foodway Asia.
The “Heart of Play” themed installation was photographed at the Lego Group’s booth in the consumer goods exhibition area of the 6th China International Import Expo on November 5.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Ding Ting
A more promising window of opportunity
Amid increasing downward pressure on the global economy, a more open and dynamic China has given foreign-funded enterprises at the CIIE valuable business opportunities.
Tong Anrui, regional director of Mainland China and Hong Kong of the Norwegian Seafood Board, said that for exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, the CIIE provides a window to truly understand the vitality of the Chinese market and its huge opportunities.
“I am very much looking forward to this CIIE. This year is the first year after the epidemic. The exhibition hall will rise sharply in popularity, the atmosphere will be more enthusiastic, and more exciting things will happen. I believe it will be an extremely successful one. exhibition,” he said.
In recent months, positive factors in China’s economy have continued to accumulate, and many indicators such as industry, services, consumption, and investment have rebounded. Many foreign financial institutions have raised their forecasts for China’s economic growth. China’s role as a “stabilizer” and “power source” for the world economy has become more prominent.
The new opportunities brought by the high-quality development of China’s economy have attracted more foreign-funded enterprises to take action. At this CIIE, the area of exhibition areas for cutting-edge technologies such as energy, low-carbon, and artificial intelligence, as well as lifestyle and consumption-themed exhibitions, increased by 30%.
Boehringer Ingelheim, a medical and health company from Germany, participated in the exhibition for the fifth time. In the past five years, this company has brought nearly 30 innovative products and solutions to the CIIE, many of which have been approved for implementation in China, and some have been transformed into major investment projects, allowing it to upgrade from an “exhibitor” to an “investor” business”. In the next five years, the company plans to invest more than 4 billion yuan in R&D in China.
“China places innovation at the core of its modernization construction, and its emphasis on innovation helps medical and health multinational companies tap the huge potential of the Chinese market.” said Dong Bowen, President and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Greater China, “For people like us, For innovative enterprises, China’s continued expansion of opening up is a major opportunity.”
On November 2, the exterior view of the National Convention and Exhibition Center (Shanghai), the venue for the 6th China International Import Expo.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Xin Mengchen
A more inclusive path to development
Whether you are a big country or a small country, a large enterprise or a small company, you can find a “fast lane” to enter the Chinese market at the CIIE.
Pakistani exhibitor Habi once brought a popular product, Pakistani salt lamp, to the 4th China International Import Expo. Including orders received during the CIIE and relying on the “CIIE Market” on Nanjing Road owned by Greenland Trade Port, he sold a total of about 60,000 salt lamps, large and small.
“The Chinese market is very resilient. Now many old customers have begun to contact me to order new products.” He said, “I hope that through the CIIE, Chinese consumers will pay attention to Pakistani handicrafts and help Pakistani handicrafts.” The arts and crafts industry continues to grow.”
At this CIIE, overseas exhibition organizers organized about 1,500 small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the exhibition, with the number and area increasing by nearly 40% compared with the previous session. The CIIE also provides free booths and other support to about 100 companies from 30 least developed countries.
In his letter on the 5th, President Xi Jinping emphasized that he hopes that the CIIE will better provide international public goods and services shared by the world, help promote the construction of an open world economy, and allow win-win cooperation to benefit the world.
Ye Shengli, an exhibitor from Kazakhstan, participated in the CIIE for the first time this year and brought local nutritional wheat flour, camel milk powder, energy bars, biscuits and other food products to the exhibition. She is looking forward to this CIIE trip.
“The CIIE gives us the opportunity to explore the Chinese market. We hope to establish strategic partnerships with manufacturers, suppliers, and purchasers from different countries here to further expand market share, attract more consumers, and provide diversified products. products and services,” she said. (Reporters Wang Xiuqiong, Xu Xiaoqing, Zhou Rui, Xu Ruiqing, Huang Zechen, Ma Xinran)