PRO­MOT­ING GLOBAL TRADE

First China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo to open in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITY PANORAMA - Page Ed­i­tor: duqiong­fang@glob­al­times.com.cn

The first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo will open on Novem­ber 5 in Shang­hai. Through Novem­ber 10, en­ter­prises from around 140 coun­tries and re­gions are ex­pected to present their prod­ucts, ser­vices and ideas in a step to pro­vide new chan­nels, strengthen co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote global trade.

Ahead of the 100-day count­down, the Global Times in­ter­viewed some for­eign stu­dents in Shang­hai about their ex­pec­ta­tions for the expo and their pick of what prod­uct best rep­re­sents their coun­try.

Porn­pawis Lhapeer­akul, Thai­land

“First and fore­most I want to in­tro­duce agri­cul­ture prod­ucts such as fra­grant rice, durian and man­gos­teen. Thai­land is also known for its hand­i­crafts. A lot of tourists vis­it­ing Thai­land bring home silk bags made by Thai eth­nic mi­nori­ties.”

Jayshree Bo­rah, In­dia

“Ex­cept Yoga and Hindi movies, which are al­ready fa­mous in China, I want to in­tro­duce hu­man re­source from In­dia to China. The tech­no­log­i­cal field in In­dia is well-known. In­dia also has a lot of great brains from tech­nol­ogy. If Chi­nese com­pa­nies hire those peo­ple it will be a good col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

Mo­hamed Sala­heldin Mo­hamed Ahmed, Su­dan

“I want to in­tro­duce the min­ing in­dus­try to China. Su­dan used to rely on the ex­port of oil, but now it mainly re­lies on the min­ing in­dus­try. I think China and Su­dan can deepen their col­lab­o­ra­tion in this as­pect.”

El Houcine Zraidi, Morocco

“I would like to in­tro­duce ar­gan oil from Morocco. It is a kind of plant oil made from ar­gan tree that is ex­clu­sive in Morocco. In Morocco, ar­gan oil is widely used in culi­nary and cos­metic pur­poses. You can ap­ply it on your face which is good for skin.”

Muham­mad Umar Zahid, Pak­istan

“I would like to show the cul­ture and the mind­set from Pak­istan to form closer ties be­tween the peo­ple of both coun­tries. By in­tro­duc­ing our fes­ti­vals, dances, movies and tourism places that are not dis­cov­ered yet by our peo­ple, we can bring more un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two na­tions. This kind of expo is of pretty much ne­ces­sity.”

Vladimir Kryuchin, Rus­sia

“It’s pretty in­ter­est­ing that a lot of Chi­nese peo­ple tell me how much they like Rus­sian honey. I hope that we can in­tro­duce dif­fer­ent kinds of honey and how they are made to Chi­nese peo­ple. Be­sides, we have a lot of sweet food such as can­dies and choco­late which are quite pop­u­lar among Chi­nese stu­dents.”

Camila Perez Ciribe, Ar­gentina

“We have the best meat and wine in the world. It would be help­ful to Ar­gentina if we ex­pand this busi­ness. I am glad that these two prod­ucts are get­ting more and more fa­mil­iar with Chi­nese peo­ple.”

Daniel Her­moso Blanco, Spain

“I want to bring Span­ish del­i­ca­cies to China, such as paella and omelet. The Span­ish way of life is also worth pro­mot­ing. A lot of friends of mine told me they are pleased with the laid-back life style in Spain in com­par­i­son to the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city life in Shang­hai.”

Anna Char­lotte Kno­err, Ger­many

“Of course Ger­man bread. On the other hand, I also would like to in­tro­duce our way of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion to China. In China, a lot of plas­tic bags are used just once and then dis­carded, while in Ger­many we do not en­cour­age the use of dis­pos­able items. In some restau­rants and cafes you get dis­counts if you bring your own bowls and cups.”

Pho­tos: VCG & Lu Ting/GT

A woman shop­ping at a su­per­mar­ket

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