Voice on CIIE

Added On November 7, 2018

The first ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) has kicked off in Shanghai.
The exhibition has attracted exhibitors from around the world and is widely seen as a sign of China further opening up.
Some experts and officials shared their views on the expo.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, saying the CIIE is a "trail-blazing" move in the history of international trade development.
He said China will not close its door to the world and will only become more and more open.
SOUNDBITE(Arabic): NADIA HELMY, Professor of political science, Bani-Swief University
"I totally agree with the speech of President Xi Jinping that openness is necessary for global development."
SOUNDBITE1 ( English) : B.R. DEEPAK, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
"He is trying to give signal to the world community that China would like to open more to the world. "
The British city of Liverpool has been invited to participate in the CIIE.
As one of the UK's most popular trade centers, Liverpool is eager to exchange and cooperate with Shanghai and other Chinese cities.
SOUNDBITE(English): JOE ANDERSON, Liverpool Mayor
"China is always a country that has been part of international trade and certainly here, in Liverpool the wealth of this city was built on our relationships with cities like Shanghai. So it's good that China is now opening up more and engaging with business relationships and partnerships and developments. So I think the new golden era that President Xi talks about is something that we should embrace but also you know develop and I think that's what we would like to do over the next couple of years."
Anderson believes that the Belt and Road initiative should not be limited to economic cooperation, but should also go deeper into other fields, such as culture and education.
SOUNDBITE(English): JOE ANDERSON, Liverpool Mayor
"I personally believe Liverpool is a part of that Silk Road connection. And you know we have good relationships with Kunming, Chongqing and other parts of China, not just Beijing or Shanghai. We have relationships with other parts of China and we want to see that develop and it's not just about economic cooperation, it's about sharing ideas, it's about cultural exchange, education exchange, medical exchange,"