Two Grand Trade Events and One Strong Voice of Era

Source:    |      Date:2020-11-14

  In this special time of Covid-19 hitting hard the world's economy, under the premise of ensured safety against the epidemic, China has held two global trade events as scheduled in 2020, namely, China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) and China International Import Expo (CIIE). President Xi Jinping delivered welcome speeches and keynote speeches via video. It demonstrates China's sincere desire to share its market opportunities with the world and contribute to global economic recovery, and reflects that in the new era, China will steadfastly deepen reform, expand all-round opening-up, and undertake its responsibilities as a major power in sharing a bright future with the world.

  The world is now facing a turbulent situation unprecedented in the former century, and the global spread of Covid-19 has accelerated its change. The forceful speech of President Xi Jinping conveys China's firm stance at the right side of history, and becomes a strong voice of the era representing historical trends.

  

  

  The holding of the expo as scheduled injects confidence in the recovery of world economy.

  At present, all-round control of Covid-19 has not yet achieved at the global level, and each country faces the arduous tasks of fighting the epidemic, stabilizing the economy, and improving people's livelihoods.

  On November 4, the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) was held as scheduled, with new and old friends gathering together for this annual "oriental appointment". This is a spotlight expected by the whole world under the heavy blow of the pandemic, and also the light of hope for making progress together and opening up for a win-win situation.

  Compared with the two former sessions, this expo took the unswerving prevention and control of the pandemic as its cardinal task. A series of measures have been imposed on participants and attendees of the expo from foreign countries, such as health declaration, nucleic acid testing, and quarantined observation. It was not allowed to display frozen fresh foods within the exhibition area and taste those not "fully cooked and processed". Posters and videos for pandemic prevention could be seen everywhere in the venue...

  

  ▲ On November 1, outside National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), nucleic acid sampling personnel were collecting nose swab samples for staff entering the venue.

  The CIFTIS was configured with specialized work shifts for epidemic prevention which was held two months earlier; over 800 sampling sites for environmental nuclei acid test were set; the exhibition area in the venue had been put under all-round disinfection after closing in the evening every day and put under disinfection every 2 hours in the daytime, with 15,000 dosages of preventive traditional Chinese medicinal granules distributed and effective control and adjustment of venue visitors, to ensure the safe holding of the fair.

  Join hands with all of you and work together in this trying time. In this special period, both the CIFTIS themed "Global Services, Shared Prosperity" and CIIE themed "New Era, Shared Future" gave play to the important role of China in expanding opening-up, deepening cooperation, and promoting development. The successful holding of the two international exhibitions demonstrates the remarkable results achieved by China both in pandemic prevention and control & economic and social development, and injects new vitality for the recovery of world economy and international trade cooperation.

  

  Advocate solidarity and cooperation, and promote the construction of open world economy.

  It can be told from the development history of the human society that the world economy thrives on its openness and declines with its closeness.

  In the welcome speech delivered at Global Trade in Services Summit and keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremony of China International Import Expo (CIIE), President Xi Jinping called on all countries to conduct opening-up and cooperation for mutual benefit and win-win result, and advocated people to adhere to solidarity and cooperation for joint response to challenges. This represents a stance on the tide of the times, an insight into the world's trend, and a responsible and deep thinking about the future development of human, and manifests China's firmness and undertaking in promoting the construction of an open world economy and a community with shared future for mankind, which has been widely praised by the international community.

  

  

  This year, the CIIE has drawn a large number of businesses around the globe. The exhibition area has expanded by nearly 30,000 square meters. A zone on public health and epidemic prevention has been added, which alone has attracted many Fortune Global 500 corporations and leading firms in relevant sectors. By turning exhibits into commodities and exhibitors into investors, the CIIE has become a platform for international purchase, investment promotion, humanistic exchange, and open cooperation preferred by enterprises from different countries.

  The China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services in this year also harvested countless rich fruits. 22,000 enterprises and institutions from 148 countries and regions participated in relevant online and offline exhibitions and meetings; 190 forums and business talks were held, with 97 achievements made in authoritative information release, 19 achievements in alliance platform, and 99 achievements in initially released innovative.

  ▲ On November 5, at the trade in services exhibition area of the 3rd CIIE, one staff was presenting the application scenarios of intelligent plant through AR technology.

  "Old friends" chose to stay, and "new friends" come in flocks. The China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) and China International Import Expo (CIIE) have become international public products accessible globally, and important windows for in-depth communication between China and other countries.

  The whole world is united and all under heaven are of one family; all countries are in a community of shared future. No one can stay immune in a major crisis. Solidarity and cooperation are the right choice to make in meeting challenges.

  "We must uphold the principle of mutually beneficial cooperation. We need to build trust rather than second-guess each other; we need to join hands rather than throw punches at each other; and we need to consult rather than slander each other. Bearing in mind the common interests that bind us all, countries need to work together to make economic globalization more open, inclusive and balanced for the benefits of all." The words of President Xi Jinping were powerful and enlightening and shined the light of truth.

  It is widely believed by the international community that China's propositions tap into major problems urgently to be solved in the current economic and social development of the world, and imply its unremitting pursuit for realizing joint development of all countries and increasing common welfare of mankind.

  Expand all-round opening-up and share Chinese opportunities with all other countries.

  We should advance by the logic of the historical progress, and develop in the tide of the development of the times.

  Notwithstanding COVID-19, the pace of opening up in China has continued to quicken this year. The measures announced by President Xi Jinping for opening-up expansion at last year's CIIE have been implemented to the full. China has taken steady steps to expand imports, with imports of goods and services outpacing the global average over the past year. The items on the national negative list for foreign investment have been cut from 40 to 33. The number of pilot free trade zones has increased from 18 to 21. Positive progress has been made in all aspects of construction.

  In the future, Beijing will develop the National Integrated Demonstration Zone for Opening up the Services Sector, reinforce early and pilot implementation, and explore more experience that can be reproduced and promoted. Pilot free trade zones featuring scientific and technological innovation, open service industry, and digital economy will be set up to construct a high-end open platform for coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, and promote the formation of new pattern of reform and opening up at a higher level.

  ▲ On November 5, technical equipment exhibition area at the 3rd CIIE

  China's development will bring opportunities to the world.

  The just concluded Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee adopted an overall plan for China's development in the coming 14th Five-Year Plan period, and set out to foster a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. What we envision is not a development loop behind closed doors, but more open domestic and international circulations. We will do so not only to meet China's own development demand but also for the greater benefit of people in all countries.

  The keynote speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the 3rd CIIE declares that China will stay committed to openness, cooperation and unity for win-win results, will steadfastly expand all-round opening up and explore more efficient ways to connect domestic and foreign markets and share factors of production and resources. Our aim is to turn the China market into a market for the world, a market shared by all, and a market accessible to all. This way, we will be able to bring more positive energy to the global community.

  

  China will not close its door, and will only open it wider.

  Facing the future, China will take more open attitude, more steadfast pace, and more practical measures to join hands with all other countries to create opportunities in opening up, tackle difficult problems through cooperation, and foster a brighter future for humanity.