Feature: China's "magnet" attracts Europe to set off a "craze for progress"
Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai, November 7th, by special article: China's "magnet" attracts Europe to set off a "craze for progress."
Xinhua News Agency reporter Qiao Jihong Sang Tong Ma Xiaoyan
The second session of China International Import Expo is being held in Shanghai, and European countries and enterprises are particularly active in the exhibition. In the national exhibition, there are 17 European countries, including the Czech Republic, France, Greece and Italy as the host countries, and in the enterprise exhibition, 5 European countries rank in the top 10. At the opening ceremony, the President of France, the Prime Minister of Greece, the Prime Minister of Serbia and the Foreign Minister of Italy attended and delivered speeches. European countries have set off a "craze for progress".
Big market, host and guest country, re-upgrade, complementary, high reputation. China's development has attracted European countries as strongly as magnets.
The Chinese market is so big, we have to see it.
"the Chinese market is so big that I have to come and see it." Alberto Diaz, China sales manager for Deo Leo, a well-known Spanish olive oil producer, said for the first time.
Like Diaz, European dignitaries and manufacturers who come to the scene of the second Expo will almost always describe the Chinese market as "big", "huge" and "magical." And "must", "must" and "have to" are the high frequency words when they express their willingness to participate in the Expo.
With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, the largest middle-income group in the world, a series of measures to enhance consumption and a number of policy arrangements to further open up. The Chinese market is presenting a huge and attractive cake to the world.
"in the face of this magical and huge market in China, Czech and Czech companies have to come and find a place." Radek von Drachek, chairman of the Czech House of Representatives, said. As one of the principal guest countries, the Czech Republic displays not only crystal, beer and other traditional consumer goods, but also light aircraft, cars, precision optical equipment and other high-tech products. In Vondrachek's view, these are Czech business cards, all of which can be found in China.
Scorvassa, a Czech dealer, said the company has many partners in the Czech Republic, but there is limited room for market expansion, and it must establish ties with China in order to continue to expand its business.
Like Scorvassa, many European entrepreneurs face the same challenges-stable supply and quality of goods, but the lack of local and EU market potential makes it difficult to scale up further. At the same time, China's middle-income groups are expanding day by day, the process of urbanization is accelerating, and the consumption of the Chinese people has escalated, providing a great impetus to the development of the global economy. For enterprises all over the world, the Chinese market is an important part of the development strategy.
The Chinese market is not only huge in capacity, but also diverse in level. Frederick Arnault, spokesman for LVMH, the French luxury goods group that participated for the first time, lamented: "I was shocked by the scale of the exhibition. The Expo is an all-inclusive platform for cooperation and exchange. "
As a result, Portugal displays football in national pavilions, Italy displays technology and design, Spain brings wine and food, Sweden brings innovative and sustainable solutions to travel and transportation. "every country and enterprise wants to present its best image to a large number of visitors to the Expo." Said Davyd Hargren, Greater China Manager of the Swedish Trade and Investment Council.
The effect of "principal guest" and "upgrade" is stronger in Europe.
Host and guest country effect, economic transformation and upgrading. These are the important reasons for the "craze for progress" in Europe.
France is the host and guest country of the Expo, which directly drives the enthusiasm of French enterprises. This year coincides with the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. French President Macron has also fulfilled his promise to "visit China at least once a year." traditional friendly cooperation has sprouted again, and French enterprises have participated in the exhibition covering an area of more than 12000 square meters.
LVMH spokesman Arnault said that attending the Expo was a response to France's participation as the host country. French media said that China has continuously developed from a major exporting country to a huge consumer market and should actively participate in the Expo.
Greece, the host and guest country, attaches great importance to the Expo. Prime Minister Mitsotakis went to China. Representatives of 68 Greek enterprises from the fields of tourism, shipping, energy and agricultural products came to attend the exhibition with the prime minister. More than 200 talks and docking activities were held with Chinese enterprises and government agencies.
In China, many European enterprises have long taken root, and now the Chinese economy is in a stage of transition to high-quality development. The economies of China and the EU are highly complementary, and their new opportunities are pouring in one after another.
French President Macron said at the opening ceremony of the Expo that China's economy has undergone a remarkable transformation, vigorously developing the domestic market, meeting the upgrading of consumption, and striving to seize the first opportunity in the international competition for scientific and technological products, and the French National Pavilion is fully prepared. Christopher Le Kurtier, chief executive of the French Agency for Business and Investment, said that participating in transformation and upgrading and sharing new opportunities for China's development are the common aspirations of the French enterprises participating in the exhibition.
In addition, France's experience advantages in the four major areas of innovation, food, health care and sustainable development will also become the highlight of bilateral cooperation. France is an important exhibitor of the first Expo. After tasting the benefits of the Chinese market, it hopes to take it to the next level this year.
On the first day of the Expo, KPMG, a professional consulting organization based in the Netherlands, signed a contract with Shenzhen Qianhaike Venture Capital Holdings Co., Ltd., shaking hands with China's frontier projects of reform and opening up. The company "at a higher starting point, a higher level, a higher goal" ushered in a historic opportunity.
Hargren of Sweden is deeply impressed: China's commitment to open wider to the outside world and improve the business environment is gradually being fulfilled, and Swiss enterprises' satisfaction with cooperation, investment and operation in China has increased sharply in recent years.
Take the interconnection "hitchhiking" and taste the "sense of gain" one after another.
The China-EU train closely connects the two continents, and the story of "a sense of gain" brought about by the Expo has been handed down by word of mouth in Europe, attracting European countries from afar.
"the ancient Silk Road is continuing today, bringing Europe and China closer together." This is Macron's speech. In Vondrachek's eyes, the "Belt and Road Initiative" initiative has provided new opportunities for Czech enterprises. Italian Foreign Minister Dimayo said that Italy and China have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in jointly building "Belt and Road Initiative." Italy is at the center of the Mediterranean region and hopes to further promote Eurasian connectivity. Continue the exchanges between China and Italy on the ancient Silk Road and work together to build a better future.
Since the proposal of "Belt and Road Initiative" was put forward, the China-EU trains have developed rapidly, with a total of 18200 trains, with an average annual growth rate of 133%. Nearly 1.57 million TEUs of goods have been transported and connected to more than 110 cities in Asia and Europe. Logistics and distribution networks cover the whole of Europe, but also string up the new enthusiasm for cooperation between Europe and China.
Robert Seuss, Asia-Pacific representative of the Polish Economic and Media Association, said it was precisely because he saw the China-Europe train between China and Poland that he decided to come to the Expo. "the CEIBS train is a bridge between Polish suppliers and Chinese buyers." Seuss hopes to find a Chinese partner and get on the train.
China's "open chorus" is attracting more and more participants. Participation, but also from a convincing reputation, the comprehensive effect of the Expo in Europe imperceptibly. Czech collagen powder manufacturer Marian Scorvassa is from the mouth of friends to learn of the success of the Expo, pleased to join the ranks of the exhibition.
There are also many European "repeat visitors" to the Expo. Danish Lego Group announced at the Expo that it will build a theme park resort in Shanghai. After its debut at the first Expo, Lego not only received a lot of enthusiasm for new products, but also achieved rapid development in the Chinese market over the past year, adding more than 70 retail stores. "the popularity is due to the wonderful appearance at the Expo." Said Huang Guoqiang, senior vice president of Lego Group.
In the eyes of many countries and enterprises, the Expo is a major initiative in the history of the development of international trade, but also constantly escalating into a more open, higher-level platform, bringing more dividends to the world.
Killian Kruze, an executive at New Glass Technology Group, a professional photovoltaic equipment supplier in Germany, said: "this is the second year in a row that we have participated in the Expo, and we will come back next year!" (participating reporters: Wu Baoshu, Zhang Man, Qi Zijian)