Xi Jinping Tours the Exhibitions with Foreign Leaders Attending the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE)

On November 5, 2019, President Xi Jinping, together with foreign leaders who were attending the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), toured the exhibitions after his attendance at the opening ceremony in Shanghai.

Accompanied by President Emmanuel Macron of France, Xi Jinping visited the France Pavilion first. Emmanuel Macron warmly invited Xi Jinping to taste French wine and beef. French entrepreneurs said that they are bullish about the Chinese market and hope to further expand exports to China. Xi Jinping pointed out, the vast Chinese consumer market can meet the diverse needs across all levels. He hopes the French entrepreneurs can take a long-term view and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

The Chinese and foreign leaders toured the exhibitions with great interest. Xi Jinping also visited the pavilions of some other countries, viewing a wide variety of products such as cashews from Tanzania, delicious foods and artworks from Greece, wine from Italy, Blue Mountain Coffee and rum cakes from Jamaica, palm oil from Indonesia as well as new models of helicopter and car from Russia.

Xi Jinping listened carefully to the introduction, made inquiries from time to time and had friendly interactions with others. Xi Jinping pointed out, the specialties from various countries have their own competitiveness, and all countries are welcome to participate in the CIIE and strengthen their promotion, which is mutually beneficial and will better meet the Chinese people's aspiration for a better life.

Xi Jinping and the foreign leaders visited the China Pavilion together. At the future electrified aircraft virtual integration platform of the "Innovative China" unit, Emmanuel Macron enthusiastically sat in the cockpit simulator of a large passenger aircraft made by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. The Chinese and foreign leaders also watched the model of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) with independent intellectual property rights, and the model of "Deep Sea Warrior", a deep-sea manned submersible.

In the "Open China" unit, the leaders were briefed on the progress of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and the Belt and Road Initiative.

The "Beautiful China" unit exhibits a sand table of the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, a world cultural heritage hailed as the "first city of China". The leaders all praised the time-honored Chinese civilization.

In front of a countdown screen marking China's achievements in the battle against poverty at the "Happy China" unit, Xi Jinping stressed, China is willing to share its experience with other countries and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind featuring the elimination of poverty and common development.

The Chinese and foreign leaders also toured the exhibition areas of China's Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong.

All leaders spoke highly of the CIIE, hoping to take this opportunity to elevate bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a new stage. They expressed their optimism about the bright prospects of China's development and the Belt and Road Initiative, and hoped to achieve common development and prosperity with China.

Ding Xuexiang, Li Qiang, Yang Jiechi, Hu Chunhua, Huang Kunming, Wang Yi, Zhao Kezhi, He Lifeng and others were present at above activities.