China has successfully held three China International Import Expos (CIIE) since 2018 and will see its fourth taking place from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai.
Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a keynote speech at each of the opening ceremonies of the three CIIE expos personally or via video link.
At the opening ceremony of the first CIIE in November 2018, Xi said China's decision to hold the CIIE demonstrated its consistent position on supporting the multilateral trading system, promoting free trade and China's concrete action to advance an open world economy and support economic globalization.
Speaking at the second CIIE in 2019, Xi said China would continue to open up its market, optimize its opening-up structure, improve the business environment, deepen multilateral and bilateral cooperation and advance Belt and Road cooperation.
Virtually addressing guests at the opening ceremony for the third CIIE last year, he said all countries need to commit to mutual opening up that features shared benefits, shared responsibilities and shared governance.