Foreign dignitaries and heads of international organizations praise China for opening wider to the outside world
Shanghai, 5 Nov (Xinhua) the second China International Import Expo opened in Shanghai on 5 November. In their speeches at the opening ceremony, some foreign dignitaries and heads of international organizations spoke highly of China's holding of the second Expo, saying that this demonstrated President Xi Jinping's foresight and praised China's opening up to the outside world as an opportunity for the world. All parties welcome and will seize this opportunity to strengthen exchanges and cooperation and share a brighter future.
In his speech, French President Macron said that China's opening up is of great significance to the world, and China has indicated through concrete actions that it will continue to pursue an open-door policy. In recent years, China has revised the negative list of foreign investment access and further reduced tariffs. He said: China has made remarkable achievements in the past 40 years of reform and opening up, which can be regarded as the greatest event in human history and one of the important turning points in the contemporary international order.
Macron believes that the choice of openness is the wisdom of the Chinese people, and China has achieved the largest and fastest economic and social progress in human history. China owes its success to its own efforts and to globalisation. China is both a beneficiary and a shaper of globalization. Since China's accession to the World Trade Organization, the focus of the global economy has shifted to Asia, driving world growth. 'China 's success story shows that China needs to be open to the world, and the world needs to be open to China,'he said. Openness is also Europe's choice. All countries highly appreciate and look forward to China's measures to further open up to the outside world.
In his speech, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis said that Greece's participation in the Expo as the guest of honor has demonstrated the importance of Greek-Chinese relations. Greece and China respect each other and are ancient civilizations, leaving a deep mark in the history of the world. The relations between the two countries continue to develop and are working together to build a better future.
'when the rest of the world thinks Greece has no investment value, Chinese companies are still boldly investing in Greek infrastructure, and the port of Piraeus is a success story, 'Mr. Mitsotakis said. The Greek government plans to make Piraeus the largest port in the Mediterranean and Europe as a whole.
In his speech, Jamaican Prime Minister Holnis said that China's holding of the Expo embodies President Xi Jinping's leadership and foresight. The Expo demonstrated China's concept of openness and inclusiveness. Promoting more imports reflects China's commitment to strengthening global trade and investment and ensuring that all countries and people have the opportunity to benefit from global prosperity. Jamaica welcomes this special opportunity.
Holnis said that in today's world, a community with a shared future for mankind must be built. In the common space of the global village, no country can achieve development on its own, and the international community should promote technological innovation and cooperation in the field of commerce.
In his speech, Serbian Prime Minister Burnabic said that China's rapid development proves that growth and development can only be achieved through international cooperation in the 21st century. China's policy of opening to the outside world is not only conducive to China's sustainable development, but also brings a series of development opportunities to all countries in the world. Serbia will make full use of this rare opportunity for historical development to further strengthen economic complementary cooperation with China.
Burnabic said that the second Expo comes at a crossroads between the world economy and trade in the face of history. The path represented by the Expo points to peaceful coexistence, international cooperation, common prosperity, and the strengthening of economic dependence, dialogue among civilizations and cultural ties between countries. In the face of common challenges, closure, alienation and communication blockage are not the solution. It is the right solution for countries to unite, integrate resources and seek countermeasures together.
In his speech, Italian Foreign Minister Dimayo said: in his keynote speech, President Xi Jinping made a commitment to further expand China's opening up to the outside world, and the Expo is one of the successful examples of China's reform and opening up, which has created good opportunities for international trade and mutual exchanges. As an important advocate of multilateralism, China's national strategy is inclusive, emphasizing sustainable development and creating a level playing field. Italy will seize this opportunity to further consolidate trade with China, enhance the popularity of Italian products in China, open up cooperation with Chinese enterprises in emerging fields, and promote trade and service product exchanges.
Dimayo said that Italy is willing to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with China and strategic cooperation between the two countries at the international and EU levels, further promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and strengthen the multilateral trading system. Further promote WTO reform and consolidate its central role in the multilateral trading system.
In his speech, World Trade Organization Director-General Azevedo said that the second Expo shows China's strong willingness to increase imports and create opportunities for Chinese and world enterprises and consumers. This is very positive, and China's emphasis on imports is particularly welcome.
Azevedo said trade is crucial to mutually beneficial cooperation. In today's world, the economies of various countries are closely interconnected and highly integrated. Trade tensions exacerbate uncertainty in world markets. In order to meet trade challenges in the future, countries must strengthen cooperation and work together to build a more stable, predictable and integrated trading system. Countries also need to work together to strengthen the role of the WTO and promote WTO reform. Only by strengthening cooperation can we break the vicious circle between investment uncertainty and economic slowdown and promote win-win results. (participating reporters: Peng Tianxiao, Zhang Man, Ma Xiaoyan, Qiao Jihong, Wu Baoshu, Qi Zijian)