Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Host a Banquet for Guests Attending the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE)

On the evening of November 4, 2019, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet at the Shanghai Peace Hotel to welcome distinguished guests from all countries attending the second China International Import Expo (CIIE).

In this golden fall, large buildings and colorful scenes on the ten-mile Bund and both sides of Huangpu River are flourishing. The Peace Hotel with a history of nearly 100 years, and the Lujiazui Financial Center which has sprung up in less than 30 years, have witnessed the development and changes of Shanghai, and the course of China's opening-up.

At round 18:00, foreign guests, including French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, arrived successively. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan had warm communication and took photos with them.

The banquet started at around 19:00. Xi Jinping gave a speech and, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, extended a warm welcome to foreign leaders and guests.

Xi Jinping pointed out, since modern times, Shanghai has enjoyed the reputation of being an important port at the mouth of the Yangtze River and a major city of southeast China, leading China's opening-up and growing into an international metropolis in recent decades. Over the past 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, especially during China's 40-odd years of reform and opening-up, China has made remarkable achievements and great changes have taken place in China. From the course of China's development, we realize that China will do well only when the world does well, and vice versa.

Xi Jinping stressed, in a short time, the CIIE started from scratch and quickly attracted wide participation of countries and enterprises from all over the world, which has become a major initiative in the history of global trade and an important platform for international cooperation in the new era. By holding the CIIE and proactively expanding imports, China is taking the initiative to pursue a new round of high-level opening-up, deepen international cooperation in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and jointly foster an open global economy. The CIIE trades goods and services while exchanges cultures and ideas. We welcome friends from the world, care about the interest of all countries and comply with the yearning of people of all countries for a better life. As the saying goes, "Until the banks at low tide widened, with no wind stirring my lone sail." Let us join hands to raise the sail of cooperation, ride the wind of the times and development and power the ship of global economy to a better future.

The banquet was held in a joyous and peaceful atmosphere. Everyone toasted and wished the second CIIE a complete success, wishing all countries prosperous development and all people happiness and health.

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