Chi­nese pres­i­dent, leaders check out Coun­try Pav­il­ion

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

CHI­NESE Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and for­eign leaders who are at­tend­ing the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo toured around the Coun­try Pav­il­ion for Trade and In­vest­ment, which show­cases the de­vel­op­ment achieve­ments and fea­tures prod­ucts from more than 80 coun­tries.

They vis­ited the booths of Hun­gary, Egypt, the United King­dom, the Czech Repub­lic, Kenya, El Sal­vador, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Laos, Ge­or­gia, Viet­nam, Pak­istan and Rus­sia at the Coun­try Pav­il­ion.

Dur­ing the visit, Czech Pres­i­dent Mi­los Ze­man im­pro­vised a melody on a Czech-made pi­ano and in­vited Xi to taste beer from his coun­try. Flow­ers from Kenya, cof­fee from El Sal­vador and fruits from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic also at­tracted the leaders.

At the Rus­sian booth, Xi was ac­com­pa­nied by Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev and was in­tro­duced to the achieve­ments of both sides’ co­op­er­a­tion in nu­clear power, nat­u­ral gas and plane man­u­fac­tur­ing, as well as lo­cal ex­changes.

Xi noted the ex­hibits from all the coun­tries are var­ied and dis­tinc­tive. He ex­pected all sides to take the ad­van­tage of CIIE to dis­cover mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­hance co­op­er­a­tion and im­prove their com­pet­i­tive­ness, so as to achieve mu­tual ben­e­fits from ex­port­ing qual­ity prod­ucts that can en­rich the Chi­nese mar­ket and sat­isfy the in­creas­ingly diver­si­fied de­mands from Chi­nese con­sumers.

The group of leaders also vis­ited the Chi­nese booth that is or­ga­nized around the coun­try’s vi­sion of in­no­va­tive, co­or­di­nated, green, and open de­vel­op­ment that is for ev­ery­one, which show­cased the coun­try’s achieve­ments since the re­form and open­ing-up and new op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

Lao­tian and Viet­namese prime min­is­ters had a sim­u­lated ride on the Fux­ing, China’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion of high-speed trains, which run at 350 kilo­me­ters per hour. China’s in­de­pen­dently de­vel­oped C919 large pas­sen­ger air­craft and a model of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cao bridge that opened re­cently also in­ter­ested the vis­i­tors.

The leaders said CIIE shows China’s open mind for in­clu­sive­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity as a ma­jor coun­try. They spoke highly of and warmly wel­comed Xi’s key­note speech at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

They noted China is an im­por­tant and promis­ing mar­ket, and they will tap the po­ten­tial for co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade growth and the de­vel­op­ment of free trade glob­ally.

With an area of 30,000 square me­ters, the Coun­try Pav­il­ion for Trade and In­vest­ment is an im­por­tant part of CIIE.

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