Chinese President Xi Jinping to deliver keynote speech at 2nd CIIE
Updated 20:05, 29-Oct-2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on November 5, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan announced Tuesday.

Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony and visit the country pavilions, the Vice Minister told a press conference.

Wang said President Xi's attendance for two consecutive years demonstrates Chinese government's support for trade multilateralism, and its consistent stance on free and convenient trade. It also shows China's concrete action in pushing forward an open economy and building a community of shared future for mankind. 

The president and his wife Peng Liyuan will also host a welcoming banquet and meet heads of state and government during the second CIIE, according to Wang.

Politicians, business leaders as well as scholars from over 170 countries and regions have confirmed participation in the expo, he said.


The second CIIE will take place from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai, after which the country exhibitions will be extended for eight more days and open to the public for free from November 13 to 20.

As the grand finale to China-initiated diplomatic events this year, over 3,000 companies will bring their products, ranging from first, tertiary industries like food and fabrics to the most cutting-edge fields, like AI and VR.

And just like last year, the Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum will be running at the same time. Economists, experts, and business leaders will discuss global development issues in separate seminars. 

One noticeable fact is that there are more American companies at CIIE than last year, despite the ongoing trade conflict. Last year, there were 174 U.S. companies, and this year, 192. The area designated to American exhibitors is also the largest in the park.

The Commerce Ministry also announced that 15 countries will be China's guests of honor at this year's expo: Cambodia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Zambia.

(CGTN's Ma Ke contributed to this story)