CIIE gives Australian SMEs better access to China's market
CGTN's Global Business

Australian companies are taking part in this year's China International Import Expo (CIIE) and hoping to benefit from that. Helen Xu, Vice Chairwoman of Australia China Agriculture Business Association (ACABA) commented that Australian small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have better access to China's market thanks to the CIIE.

As China is one of the biggest markets in the world, ACABA aims to help Australian SMEs tap into this huge market. Xu told CGTN that they have already achieved what they wanted at the expo. She went on to explain there has been a lot of interest in Australian products, and "companies signed huge orders with some of the Chinese companies." 

The CIIE is not only a platform to exchange goods and services, it is more about cultural exchange between nations. Xu noted that Australian companies are not only bringing food products to China, but also lifestyle. She commented that Chinese people are international, especially those in metropolitan cities like Shanghai.

There is not much difference between Australia and China. But since their languages are different, the two countries need more communication, Xu said, adding that CIIE is the one of the best platforms for the two sides to come together.

It is the first time that ACABA is attending the CIIE, since it was founded two years ago. Meanwhile, Xu is already looking forward to the third CIIE and will increase its exhibition space.