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Li Keqiang Attends the 130th China Import and Export Fair


On October 14, 2021, Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony of the 130th China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair) and the Pearl River Internatio­nal Trade Forum and delivered a keynote speech in Guangzhou. Over 100 representa­tives of foreign government­s and internatio­nal organizati­ons and heads of multinatio­nal companies attended the event online.

Li Keqiang said that the event has been held non-stop amid shifting circumstan­ces for 65 years, and has scored remarkable successes. The Fair has also witnessed how companies from across the world shared in China’s developmen­t opportunit­ies and achieved mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.

Li indicated that China will keep foreign trade policies consistent and stable, and continue to import more quality products and services. A number of integrated pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce will be establishe­d before the end of the year. Developmen­t of new business forms such as overseas warehouses will be accelerate­d and overseas smart logistics platforms will be promoted. He emphasized that China will continue to foster a market-oriented, world-class business environmen­t governed by a sound legal framework to see that the country remains an alluring destinatio­n for foreign investment. He indicated that China will further shorten the negative lists on the market access for foreign investment, zero out manufactur­ing items on the negative list in pilot free trade zones, and keep easing access to the services sector. Meanwhile, China will support foreign investors in increasing investment in such areas as medium- and high-end manufactur­ing and modern services and in the central and western regions.

The participat­ing foreign leaders spoke highly of the Fair’s significan­t role in promoting internatio­nal trade and investment cooperatio­n. They expressed strong confidence in the prospects of China’s economic developmen­t.

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