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It’s November 2020, Shanghai. Joining the more than 24 million people that call this city home are 2,600 exhibitors and 400,000 professional visitors — all here for the 2020 China International Import Expo, or the CIIE.
The expo, which is in its third year and began Nov. 5, features at its heart a huge exposition space spanning 360,000 square meters, bringing together businesses, innovators, buyers and officials who meet, negotiate, and ink contracts to bring new goods and services to the Chinese market.To get more news about China International Import Expo, you can visit shine news official website.
While the expo comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition space has actually expanded by 30,000 square meters this year, signaling that restrictions on international travel and personnel exchanges have not dampened exhibitors’ resolve to be present.
And, that’s why Xinhua correspondent Helen Bentley came here — to meet some of them and find out their motivations for attending.
President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, elaborating on his vision for strengthened cooperation and wider opening-up.
“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,” said Xi.
Xinhua covered the CIIE each year since its inception in 2018, when the event facilitated deals worth 57.83 billion U.S. dollars. The following year, contracts valued at 71.13 billion U.S. dollars were inked. And this year continued the trend, with agreements valued at 72.62 billion U.S. dollars.Many industry leaders choose to launch new products at the CIIE. Japanese cosmetics maker FANCL has attended the expo each year since its inception.
“I just came here on Oct 18, and I had a quarantine period — 14 days actually. Many major companies from many countries join this CIIE. Many people from China come to visit the event. So it’s a very good chance for FANCL to be known by people in China actually. Last year, we gathered 15,000 visitors for this booth actually,” said Morikazu Nakagawa, International Business Manager of FANCL Corporation.
“China market is second largest market for FANCL. China is growing very fast. To be frank, in China we are quite positive about this pandemic because Chinese government stopped this pandemic very quickly. This is almost the only country who is on the track to growth,” added Nakagawa.Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has made people more aware of health care and services, and places at the corresponding area here at the CIIE were especially competitive this year.
In the end, 300 exhibitors managed to secure a booth, of which over 70 are Fortune 500 and industry leaders.
A subsection for public health and epidemic prevention debuted this year. Due to demand, the area grew six-fold from its intended space to 12,000 square meters.
Another sign of confidence in the growth of this area is the fact that a number of pharmaceutical giants have signed on to participate in the CIIE for the next three years.