Premiere ceremony for CCTV documentary “Glamorous Papua New Guinea” and news program “Today” held in PNG

(People’s Daily Online/Liu Hui)

The premiere ceremony of documentary “Glamorous Papua New Guinea” and news program “Today” was held in Papua New Guinea on Nov. 12, 2018.

The documentary “Glamorous Papua New Guinea”, produced by China’s state television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), shows the mysterious and charming South Pacific country of Papua New Guinea through elements such as nature, nationalities, culture, and history.

“Today” is a 30-minute news program co-produced by CCTV+ and other overseas media organizations. Comprising of three parts: Local News, Chinese News, and International News, “Today” will be produced by CCTV alongside local media of Papua New Guinea.

Guo Weimin, deputy director of the State Council Information Office of China, attended and addressed the ceremony. He said that telling stories of friendship between China and Papua New Guinea via documentary and news program is of great significance to promote mutual trust, bilateral understanding, and people-to-people friendship between the two countries.

During the ceremony, Jerry Agus, chief executive officer of Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, said that China is an important potential tourism market of Papua New Guinea, and that they hope to draw more Chinese tourists to the country.

Papua New Guinea is now training local staff to provide better service to Chinese tourists, according to Agus, who said that they are all ready to welcome tourists from China.

Guo Weimin, deputy director of the State Council Information Office of China, addresses the ceremony. (People’s Daily Online/Liu Hui)

Xue Bing, Chinese ambassador to PNG, addresses the ceremony. (People’s Daily Online/Liu Hui)

Jerry Agus, chief executive officer of Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, addresses the ceremony. (People’s Daily Online/Liu Hui)

Foreign exhibitors optimistic about Chinese market

Visitors taste featured beer of the Czech Republic at its booth in the Country Pavilion. (People’s Daily/Chen Bin)

As an important part of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), the Country Pavilion for Trade & Investment is designed for countries to showcase their achievements in economic and trade, as well as their featured and competitive products.

The Russian pavilion was packed with people. There was Russian dance that won warm applause from the crowd, as well as investment promotion activities of local governments getting a lot of inquiries from intentional buyers.

Russia’s participation in the expo is highlighted by the enthusiasm of local governments. The country sent delegates from 40 federal subjects for the event, which accounted for nearly half of all federal subjects

of Russia.

Russian local governments have been signing agreements and contracts with Chinese enterprises one after another, said Azad Kareev,director of the public relations department of Russian Convention Bureau.

Such strong willingness of firms from the two countries for investment has not only proven that local cooperation between China and Russia has great potential for further development, but also demonstrates that Russia attaches greater importance to the bilateral ties and hopes to seek common development with China, expressed the director.

There are around 100 Russian companies attending the event, with booths covering an area of 2,000 square meters, according to Anna Belyaeva, executive vice president for international business development of Russian Export Center Group.

Russian enterprises have seen great business opportunities from the expo, which is why they participated in the event enthusiastically, noted Belyaeva. She said that they have established a representative office in Shanghai, hoping to help more Russian companies enter the Chinese market and bring better products to Chinese consumers.

Kornel Heckenast, sales manager of R-Bag Hungary, expressed that they have a lot to bring to China. Bilateral economic and trade ties between China and Hungary are getting closer day by day, said Heckenast, adding that they have already carried out cooperation with Air China and witnessed steady growth in Hungary’s exports to China as well as the soaring of imports from China.

Heckenast believes that with the deepening of cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, there will be closer cooperation between R-Bag and China.

Heckenast visited business booths of many countries at the expo, including the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

Visitors take pictures in the Egypt pavilion at the first CIIE. (People’s Daily/Weng Qiyu)

He noted that Central European countries don’t have a great market size, but the potential of Chinese market is infinite, adding that in cooperation with China, Central European countries shouldn’t compete with each other, but collaborate with and complement each other.

With the glistening statue of Tutankhamun, awe-inspiring seats of Pharaoh ancient Egypt, beautiful lamps with delicate carvings, and fine accessories made of alabaster, the Egypt pavilion enjoys popularity at the first CIIE.

“I’ve always wanted to travel to Egypt to experience the ancient civilization by the Nile. I never thought that I could have a glimpse of it at the CIIE,” a deputy from the trade delegation of north China’s Hebei province said at the expo.

Egypt is among Chinese people’s favorite travel destinations. However, there aren’t many Egyptian products in Chinese market, said an Egyptian named Vigie Dina after her negotiation with Chinese customers.

Dina has received about a dozen batches of businessmen the whole day. Though her voice was a little hoarse, she was very excited about the event. She told People’s Daily that by taking part in this expo, they want to introduce more Egyptian products to Chinese market through cooperation on tourism and culture.

As the investment advisor of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, Dina said her team came to the first CIIE to know more about the Chinese market and find out what kinds of Egyptian products suit Chinese consumers. They also want to draw Chinese firms to invest in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.

“China is a great partner for Egypt regarding exporting goods and attracting investments”, said Dina

Deaf-mute youth choir wows audience in Beijing

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An artist and a musician from China have spent five years training deaf-mute children to sing and have finally succeeded, a We Media account (ID: onelight01) reported on Oct. 26, 2018..

On the evening of August 4, 2018, a choir made up of 14 deaf-mute Chinese children, ranging in age from 9 to 16, wowed their audience at the Beijing Concert Hall with a 12-minute performance.

The performance comprised of three parts, each with a different theme – silence, fun and games, and hope. The children made beautiful sounds pitched to varying levels in harmony with the music, and some even rapped during the second section, which encouraged the audience to clap and nod their heads in time with the music.

The audience were moved by the performance, applauding loudly and giving the performers a thumbs-up.

Behind this heart-touching performance, there is also a heart-warming story.

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Five years ago, co-founders of the group, Li Bo and Zhang Yong, happened to hear a noise while walking through China’s capital Beijing. After tracking the noise down, the men were shocked to find that it came from a deaf-mute person.

The two men then decided to search for such sounds in deaf-mute schools, put them to music, and bring it to people that had never heard it before.

They arrived at a school specially designed for deaf-mute children in Lingyun county, Baise city of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and asked every student if they could make an “ah” sound.

Everyone used sign language to say no. The two men were disheartened, but just as they were about to leave, a 4-year-old girl reignited their confidence by making the sound perfectly. They quickly built a group, with the little girl, Yang Weiwei, as their youngest member.

As the first of its kind, the two men had to figure out a way to teach the children how to make the right sounds at the right pitch.

After painstaking efforts and repeated practice, trying everything from using ice cream sticks to tonometers, they trained the children to make different sounds, understand pitch levels, and finally how to harmonize.

Yang Weiwei, the youngest member (Photo/We Media account (ID: onelight01)))

The performance in Beijing Concert Hall brought the choir into the limelight, but Li Bo and Zhang Yong have since refused invitations for commercial performances, as they felt the students should continue to spend time on their studies.

The 14 children, on their return home from Beijing, got an entirely different reaction from those around them. The once “special” children have gradually become more confident and included.

Li Bo, an artist in Beijing, became famous in his youth. His paintings were allegedly sold for a million RMB each. He was praised as the best foreign artist by French art center Espace Pierre Cardin.

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Zhang Yong was a rock musician from Xiamen, east China’s Fujian province, with his live show a favorite among young people.

“What’s most important is not the performance on stage, but that these children can live a better life and win more respect when they return home,” said the two men.

70-year-old artist in Lanzhou reproduces old scenes in paintings

Wang’s painting of local people enjoying the specialty of the city — beef noodles. (Photo/

A Chinese painter recently reproduced in his paintings various old scenes found in Lanzhou, the capital of northwest China’s Gansu province, reported on Nov.6, 2018.

Wang Hongqing, the painter, is in his seventies. He started to learn about painting from his grandfather while they lived together in their old house which had a yard, and his painting career has been rooted since then, said Wang.

In all his life, Wang has never stopped painting. Today, the man managed to recreate on paper not only the old Lanzhou city in his memories, but also the streets and scenic spots that faded away in the vicissitudes of history, as well as the warmth between neighbors.

Photo shows Wang’s painting of the ancient west city gate of Lanzhou-Zhenyuan Gate. (Photo/

Photo shows Wang’s painting of the Zhongshan Bridge and White Tower Mountain of Lanzhou about 100 years before. (Photo/

Wang’s painting of the train station of Lanzhou in early 1950s. (Photo/

Photo shows Wang’s painting of a battle during the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. (Photo/

Coolest technologies at 5th World Internet Conference

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A minibus with no driver or driver’s cab, a customized anchorperson, and a mobile phone with a screen that can be folded…, these are not movie scenes, but the creations on display at the 5th World Internet Conference which kicked off on Nov.7 in Wuzhen, a famous ancient river town in east China’s Zhejiang province, the WeChat account of reported on Nov.7.

430 internet companies have brought their latest and coolest creations together with their vision for the future at the expo.

AI “virtual” news anchor

Getting tired of watching news anchors that all seem to be monotonous? You might like try this artificial intelligence virtual anchorman displayed at the 5th World Internet Conference (WIC) by Sogou Inc., the Chinese internet company that developed the Sogou search engine, Sogou Input, and the Sogou browser.

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The news anchor can read texts just like a professional human anchor. And a more exciting fact about it is that it can be customized and duplicated in bulk, which means whatever style of an anchorperson you want, it can meet your personalized needs.

Flexible screen

A company at the expo displayed some flexible screens which are quite different from the conventional ones, with some rolled into a ring like shape, some in the form of a book, and some can even be folded like paper.

The minimum bend radius of the flexible screens on display reached 1.6 mm, which is a breakthrough within flexible screen technologies.

The coolest creation in the whole spectrum of flexible screens is a bendable mobile phone that has a flexible screen. The screen can be folded up and unfolded as needed, and when it’s unfolded, it’s twice the size of other mobile phone screens.

Fully autonomous minibus

While with no driver’s seat or steering wheel, a vehicle can still run smoothly as long as you connect it with an iPad and input the starting point, destination, as well as the specific times you want the door to be opened or closed.

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Developed by China’s major AI and internet company Baidu Inc., the fully autonomous minibus named Apolong, which is 4.3 meters long, 2 meters wide, and has seating capacity for 14 people, attracted many viewers at the event.

The minibus can understand not only oral instructions, but also the gestures of passengers. Furthermore, with car windows that are both glass and screens, passengers can watch movies, play video games, enjoy karaoke, and do work.

It’s told that so far the intelligent minibus can only be used on semi-closed roads such as those found in parks and communities.

Intelligent gardening

Connected to an app, a special flowerpot can monitor the growing conditions of a plant and tell you when to water your plant and when to apply fertilizer. The app can allegedly monitor nearly 100 varieties of common plants.

And, more remarkable, as long as you update the variety of your plant on the app, the flowerpot that is connected to the app can be reused many times.

AI Doctor

No need to make an appointment with a doctor or wait in a long queue, the AI Doctor on display at the event can help people get diagnosed within a few minutes.

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The AI Doctor receives the patient first and provides a diagnostic scheme after communication. Then the real human doctor will meet the patient and make further judgments, and after this, the AI Doctor can make a prescription based on the human doctor’s diagnosis.

Smart bed

This smart bed displayed at the expo can be adjusted to fit different needs, like different angles for using computers, reading books, and having fun with mobile phones.

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With the mattress of each bed containing four sections, four levels of supporting force, four types of comfortable surfaces and over 1,000 possible configurations, the smart bed can record your sleeping time duration, monitor your heart rate, respiratory rate and how many times you turn over in bed.

As it’s controlled by means of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies via an intelligent terminal, the bed can provide warnings about your health conditions based on big data sleep reports. Furthermore, if you snore during sleep, the bed can intervene to help stop your snoring.

US firm CEO: we see significant opportunities in China’s development

China-US trade friction would have negative impacts on related industries of Alaska, Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Alaska-based Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) told People’s Daily in a recent interview.

Popp gave a long list of industries that might be impacted, including seafood, minerals, energy, logistics and tourism.

“We are concerned about the tariffs and the current trade tensions, because we think that may take away the opportunities that we have worked very hard to build up over the last few years,” he said.

Popp believes that his company sees significant opportunities in China’s development, as Alaska is the closest state in the US to China.

AEDC is a nonprofit corporation devoted to seeking external market opportunities for the benefit of 265 local companies and over 50,000 employees, Popp introduced, adding that China is one of the corporation’s most important partners.

Speaking of the recent remarks on US-China relations made by a US leader in Washington, which claimed that the US is losing in trade with China, Popp said that his company is against such mentality. “Alaska has a different point of view on the national debate on trade with China,” Popp said.

Alaska has an economic aggregate of about $52.8 billion, and its exportation to China totaled $1.3 billion in 2017, according to Popp.

“I know that there is strong interest from a number of both small businesses and larger businesses in Alaska to seeking our trade opportunities,” he noted.

However, the trade disputes started by the US government have brought great uncertainties to all these visions. To Popp, trade disputes would not merely strike relevant industries; they would be more of a source of damage to cooperative opportunities, which would lead to unemployment and significant impact on the life of many local people, especially those who live in the rural areas.

Popp disclosed that seafood business serves as an economic foundation for Alaska’s coastal regions. In order to develop their market in China, Popp and his team have resorted to China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba for negotiation.

Many southwestern and southeastern coastal areas of Alaska would suffer direct impacts if seafood export drops because of the trade dispute, Popp told People’s Daily.

In addition, the intensifying trade conflict between the two countries would probably have an impact on Alaska’s efforts to continue seeking opportunities in Chinese market, and it would be very difficult to find an alternative market which takes at least a few years.

Airborne logistics, according to Popp, would be another field that could be damaged by the trade disputes. Thanks to the unique geographical advantage, the close distance to Asia, Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city is now the world’s fifth largest port for air cargoes.

80 percent of air cargoes from Asia to America arrive at the Anchorage airport first. Popp told People’s Daily that the airport was the major job creator of Anchorage, and 10 percent of the local jobs were involved in air transportation.

A comprehensive trade dispute will obviously have an impact on the airport, which would probably result in a dramatic decrease of air cargoes from China, said Popp, adding that they placed high attention on the situation.

Looking into the future, Popp hopes that the two countries could deal with disagreements through rational means and continue to push forward with the win-win cooperation.

It is not just for improving economic and trade ties, but also for the enhancement of the exchanges between the two peoples, such as the promotion of mutual understanding on fundamental issues like who we are, what we are interested in and what common grounds we share, Popp explained.

To reform to build a community of common destiny for mankind

The upcoming first China International Import Expo (CIIE), which is expected to enhance the spillover effect of China’s economic development and help developing countries participate in and integrate into economic globalization, will make significant contributions to the construction of a community of common destinyfor mankind.

One of the key missions of the CIIE is to helpleast developed countriestake partin itand benefit from China’s growth.

The upcoming expo has by far attracted more than 140 companies from 20 least developed countries to the great opportunity to showcase quality products, tourism resources, and traditional cultures with the most distinctive characteristics of their countries.

While the concept of building a community of common destiny for mankind has been incorporated in the resolutions of the United Nations (UN), a series of global public goods provided alongside the opening up of China such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are spurring great momentum of cooperation.

These Chinese solutions and wisdom are receiving warm responses, and winning more hearts around the world. It is attributed to the fact thatChina, whileachieving a higher level of opening up, continuescreating conditions for other countriestoaboard its express train of development and shares its development opportunities with other countries.

China will drive and improve global governance system through conforming to the intrinsic requirement of the global governance system and the reform ofinternational order.

The concept of a community of common destiny for mankind is like a guidepost that indicates the right development direction for the disintegrated world, and it is full of inspirational power.

Where is our world going? Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward his answer to the question in his keynote speech at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia- peace and cooperation, openness and connectivity, and reform and innovation.

The current reality shows that people around the world havenever been more closely tied up by the same destiny than they are today.

The favorable tax policies in China’s free trade zones will add competitiveness to the cherries from Chile and the avocados from Mexico, while the China-Europe freight trains galloping across the Eurasia have brought the flour from Central Asia, apples from Poland, and wine from France to the dining tables of the people along the routes.

The CIIE will write a new chapter of an opening Chinain the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up.China willpropel the opening up of the world through accelerating its own opening up. The CIIE will enrich the Chinese solution to the building of a community of common destiny for mankind. It is a Chinese contribution to the world, as well as China’s responsibility as a big country.

Over 160,000 buyers to shop the world at first CIIE in Shanghai

The first China International Import Expo (CIIE) is about to kick off soon, and more than 160,000 buyers are ready to shop the world.

Beijing will send a trade delegation comprising 14,354 individuals and 4,741 enterprises and organizations to the expo. They will mainly focus on the products, technologies, and services that are in accord with the industrial development of Beijing in the areas such as high-end equipment manufacturing, service trade, and scientific and technological innovation.

In addition, to better serve the needs of consumption upgrading, the Beijing delegation will also focus on high-end consumer goods and services.

Over 2,470 buyers from Tianjin municipality will attend the CIIE. They have formed several sub-delegations by professions such as intelligent manufacturing, medicine and health, education, tourism, recreation, sports, and social organizations.

About 30 percent of these buyers from Tianjin have reached preliminary purchasing agreements with the exhibitors that cover a wide range of fields including heavy machinery, flight equipment introduction and rental, importation of featured products and agricultural products, clean energy, finance, sports, and tourism.

East China’s Jiangsu province has established 16 sub-delegations to the CIIE early this June. It’s learned that 278 enterprises from these sub-delegations plan to make purchases of over 1 billion yuan ($144.3 million) in the next 5 years, while over 1,400 companies intend to buy 100 million to 1 billion yuan worth of goods during the same time period.

More than 2,000 buyers have joined the trade delegation of northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, planning to buy a variety of goods including food, wood, automobile, machinery, consumer goods, smart home appliance, medical facilities, and service trade.

The Shanghai delegation, which enjoys the convenient access to the expo, sees 15,000 registered buyers for the first CIIE, 10,000 of whom have expressed intention to make purchases in the next 5 years. Hundreds of them intend to make purchases of over 1 billion yuan.

The Shanghai delegation focuses on precision and efficiency. It’s learned that it plans to purchase 10 billion yuan of manufacturing equipment, 2 billion yuan of cosmetics, 600 million yuan of medical facilities, and 100 million yuan of dairy products.

Highlights of the first CIIE

People take photos of a concept electric vehicle of Toyota at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 5, 2018.(Xinhua/Meng Dingbo)

As a grand event of global trade, the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) kicked off on Nov. 5 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.

The world’s first country-level expo on the theme of import includes business exhibitions, country pavilions for trade and investment achievements, and high-level parallel forums.

Here come the highlights of the expo.

Highlight No.1

The CIIE adopts scientific and technological methods to add distinctive charms to the country pavilion.

The National Trade Investment Comprehensive Exhibition is an initiative of the CIIE. At the expo, 82 countries and three international organizations have established 71 booths in the country pavilion for trade and investment. With an area of 30,000 square meters, the country pavilion serves as a great platform for foreign businesses to fully display their development achievements in trade and investment.

Countries from all over the world, including developed countries, developing countries, and the least developed ones, gather together at the expo.

Twelve guest countries of honor, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt, Russia, the UK, Hungary, Germany, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico, have set up booths featuring their unique characteristics and sent high-level government delegations to the expo.

High-tech means and diversified ways have been adopted by countries to showcase their unique regional cultures and advantages of featured industries. The exhibition in the country pavilion covers trade in goods and services, industrial situations, investment, tourism, and representative products.

China is the first in the world to hold economic and trade forums in parallel with the import expo.

Highlight No.2

New special technologies light up booths of renowned enterprises.

The business exhibition hall of the expo, which holds more than 3,600 enterprises including over 200 Fortune Global 500 companies, is like a place of wonder that collects world’s famous enterprises.

There are over 400 enterprises in the exhibition area of intelligence and high-end equipment and facilities, including Fortune Global 500 firms like General Electric, Microsoft, Canon, Hitachi, Siemens, and Dell.

Strong performers in robotics and robotic automation such as KUKA, ABB, and FANUC have also come to display their cutting-edge achievements at the expo.

With special booths accounting for 91 percent of the business exhibition area and over 100 new products and technologies released at the expo, there’s a lot to expect at the event.

The car exhibition area is an eye-catching spot, which displays fine products of 69 famous automobile companies. With about 95 percent of the car exhibition area taken up by Fortune Global 500 companies and leading enterprises of the car industry, visitors can see all the mainstream cars.

The medical equipment and healthcare exhibition area gathers more achievements of scientific and technological researches. Over 300 major companies of the medical and healthcare industry are here to showcase their edge-cutting products, including Roche, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, and Bayer.

The release of a number of new technologies has enhanced the scientific and technological value of the expo, and also provided new directions to China’s supply-side structural reform.

Highlight No.3

The innovative products created to serve people’s needs of a better life are very much welcomed.

In the seven major exhibition areas, there are a great variety of products closely related to people’s daily life. Great attention has been drawn to the exhibition of consumer electronics and home appliances, clothing & accessories, consumer goods, and food and agricultural products.

Food and agricultural products are closely linked with people’s livelihood, and are thus given the largest exhibition room. It is expected that the area will attract more individual attendees and win favor of purchasing delegations.

Meanwhile, home appliances and consumer goods are also the focus of various purchasing groups, and the business negotiation is very active.

China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan noted that in order to facilitate more deals, local governments and relevant authorities had organized 39 trade delegations and nearly 600 sub-delegations to the expo, enabling over 100,000 backbone enterprises and more than 150, 000 buyers to carry out business negotiations and purchase at the expo.

Before the expo, China held seven supply-demand matchmaking conferences to promote trade among key exhibitors and merchants, said Wang, disclosing that there would be multiple large-scale supply-demand matchmaking activities at the expo to provide businessmen with comfortable zones for negotiation and facilitate deals at the event.

The enterprises from various countries of the world would find their trip to the first CIIE rewarding and satisfying, expressed the vice minister.

CIIE demonstrates China’s endeavors toward an open world economy

China’s initiatives for promoting a higher level of opening up and building an open world economy have won the hearts of people all around the world, foreign leaders said. They spoke highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) on Nov. 5.

They believe that the proposals are bound to inject power into China’s economy and create new opportunities for win-win cooperation.

In his speech, Xi said that the CIIE is the world’s first import expo held at the national level, an innovation in the history of global trade.

It demonstrates China’s consistent position of supporting the multilateral trading system and promoting free trade. It is a concrete action by China to advance an open world economy and support economic globalization, said the Chinese President.

While strengthening the driving force for China’s own economic development, these Chinese initiatives and proposals will certainly create new opportunities for win-win cooperation across the world, global leaders said in their speeches.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that this expo is an important signal to the world that China remains open for business despite the growing wave of trade protectionism.

Kenyatta congratulated President Xi for his leadership in advocating for rule-based global trade, noting that the CIIE is a great opportunity to enhance China-Africa relationship and Kenya is part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

It is the strong partnership between China and Kenya that made the historic Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway a reality in Kenya, Kenyatta said, adding that Kenya’s natural port in Mombasa is now connected to the hinterland by the standard gauge railway.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly expressed that Egypt recognizes the strategic importance of this expo, and believes that this expo will bring real opportunities for trade and investment cooperation between China and Egypt.

Egypt is among the first group of countries to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with China on Belt and Road cooperation, said Madbouly, noting that Egypt takes very seriously the mechanism of the Belt and Road Initiative and will work together with China to strengthen bilateral investment cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Hungary is the first European country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban noted.

Chinese companies’ investments in Hungary have contributed to the high employment rate of Hungary and played a significant role in helping Hungary to achieve a relatively high economic growth.

In addition, Hungary has the highest export figures to China among central European countries. Its products of mechanical, pharmaceutical, and food industries are gaining larger and larger shares in the Chinese market, Orban added.

As the Belt and Road Initiative gives shape to a global community of shared interests, this expo will help spread dividends of free trade among more closely integrated economies, noted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech at the opening ceremony of the first CIIE.

“President Xi has said on many occasions that China’s door of opening-up will not be closed, and will only open ever wider,” Khan said that he took great comfort in President Xi’s statement.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed in his speech that China is one of Russia’s most important partners. Russia appreciates China’s proposition to seek mutually beneficial cooperation, which will benefit all the stakeholders.

Medvedev also noted that in recent years, China has become not only a global producer of industrial goods, but also a giant consumer market.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc noted in his remarks that over the past four decades, China has pursued reform and opening up and actively proposed and implemented a wide range of cooperation initiatives to advance regional economic integration and connectivity.

Vietnam highly appreciates China for its host of the first International Import Expo, which embodies the philosophy of win-win and mutually beneficial cooperation, and promotes economic and trade cooperation, expressed Phuc, adding that the expo will be a strong drive for regional and economic growth.