Quick tour of the seven exhibition areas of CIIE

The exhibition booth prepared by Australian cosmetics enterprises. (Photo/ Li Yi from People’s Daily)

On the first day of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), companies from all over the world displayed their advanced products and businesses. There are seven different exhibition areas showcasing products and services.

High-end Intelligent Equipment Exhibition Area

How to realize intelligence and automation on the production and manufacturing sites? The over 30,000-square meter-exhibition area of high-end intelligent equipment at the ongoing first China International Import Expo (CIIE) has offered diverse solutions to the question.

In this exhibition area of cutting-edge scientific and technological achievements, more than 400 enterprises including General Electric, DuPont, Mitsubishi Electric, Microsoft, and Dell catch people’s eyes with a variety of ingenious creations in fields such as new energy equipment, industrial automation and robotics, and aerospace technologies and equipment.

A man shakes hands with the SCHUNK SVH five-finger machine hand. (People’s Daily/Huang Fahong)

Trade in Services Exhibition Area

The eye-catching entrance to the exhibition area of trade in services gains a lot of attention. With just a touch of finger on the large LED screen, visitors can see photos and read explanations about 100 antique collections in the Palace Museum of China.

It is a culture-themed project jointly launched by Google and the Palace Museum, which displays a precious collection of 100 antiques in the Palace Museum such as potteries, paintings and works of calligraphy, bronze wares, and objects decorated with enamel.

Besides, many leading corporations gathered in the area, including financial institutions such as Standard Chartered Bank and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation , accounting firms like Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Ernst & Young, inspection and certification agencies such as Bureau Veritas from France and Underwriters Laboratories from the US, and DHL from the logistics industry.

This exhibition area doesn’t sell products, but offers people with various services and solutions.

Medical Equipment & Health Care Products Exhibiton Area

The world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker, thinnest blood pressure monitor, fastest immunoassay analyzer, first nuclear magnetic resonance imaging instrument for infants and children, various sophisticated products appeared in the exhibition area of medical equipment and health care products.

As scientific and technological research products are most concentrated, this area has attracted nearly 300 companies from 51 countries around the world.

Food & Agricultural Products Exhibition Area

In the exhibition area of food and agricultural products, guides from Ghana showed the specialties they brought to reporters, saying that Ghana’s chocolate is not only delicious, but can stand relatively high temperature. The chocolate won’t melt even if held in hands.

The manager of a Ghanaian cocoa processing company said that they have brought a variety of chocolate and cocoa products to the Expo. Apart from looking for agents, they are also planning to cooperate with Chinese e-commerce companies. In the near future, Chinese consumers can buy Ghanaian chocolate without leaving home, added the manager.

Special ham attracts visitors to the Spanish booth. (People’s Daily/Han Xiaoming)

The CIIE provides a platform for nearly 2,000 companies from over 100 countries in the exhibition area of food and agricultural products. The exhibits range from organic and healthy local products to processed goods produced with modern technologies, including dairy, meat, aquatic products, vegetable and fruit, as well as tea and coffee, etc.

Apparel, Accessories & Consumer Goods Exhibition Area

The exhibition booth of diamonds and gems is no doubt the “most expensive” part of apparel, accessories and consumer goods exhibition. The extra security checks for them demonstrate how “valuable” they are.

Twelve Polish Jewelry companies have brought their most precious jewelries to the Expo. According to Mariusz Gliwiński, the vice-president of the International Amber Association, Poland accounts for 70 percent of the world’s production in amber, while 50 percent of the world’s amber products are consumed in China, which is a huge market for Poland.

Consumer Electronics & Home Appliances Exhibition Area

What will our homes look like in the future? The consumer electronics and appliances exhibition area at the first CIIE might have just given you an answer.

At the exhibition booths in the nearly 10,000-square meter-area, more than 90 enterprises from 15 countries and regions displayed their most advanced creations in multiple fields, such as mobile devices, smart home, smart household appliances and video games.

Automobiles Exhibition Area

China is the world’s fastest-growing market with the largest demand for automobiles. , More than one million cars are imported into China each year, with the sales exceeding $45 billion.

The first CIIE has attracted 68 automobile companies from 17 countries, most of which are world-famous manufacturers. The firms have brought their most treasured products to the event to catch the eyes of Chinese buyers.

New energy vehicle is a key development area for the automobile industry. Honda is showcasing its latest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at the expo. An employee of Honda said that this model hasn’t been sold in China so far, and this expo offered Honda an opportunity to cooperate with Chinese partners to popularize hydrogen filling stations while looking for Chinese buyers, thus making efforts to build a cleaner world.

Ice drifting on the Heilongjiang River

Ice drifting on the Heilongjiang River

As the weather is getting colder in recent days, the Heilongjiang River, which serves as the border between the Russian Far East and northeastern China, is about to freeze.

On Nov. 6, in the Beiji village of Mohe, at the very northeast point of China’s Heilongjiang province, ice in various shapes are floating down the river, making for a picturesque scene.  ((Photo/People’s Daily Online)

China’s deepest undersea tunnel holes through

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On the morning of Nov. 6, China’s deepest undersea tunnel, part of the Qingdao Subway Line 1, was broken through in Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong province.

The tunnel is in a “V” shape with the deepest point about 88 meters below sea level. Each square centimeter of the tunnel bears a hydraulic pressure of at least 8.8 kilograms, which means the tunnel must take the weight of 300 cars every time it’s extended by one meter.

The 8.1-kilometer tunnel is also the longest undersea subway tunnel in China.

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Herdsmen in Xinjiang transfer livestock to winter pastures

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In early November, as snow fell over Zhaosu of Yili region in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local herdsmen have begun to move their herds toward winter pastures to spend a warmer winter.

The white snow, the massive herds, the vast grassland, and the snowy mountains make for a beautiful scene.

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AI robot that can do makeups exhibited at CIIE

AI robot that can do makeups exhibited at CIIE

An AI robot displayed at the L’Oréal Paris exhibition booth during the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) attracted much attention from many female visitors. The robot can do a makeup for someone in 5 minutes.

The CIIE kicked off in Shanghai on Nov. 5. More than 3,000 companies from over 130 countries and regions flocked to Shanghai to participate in the event.   (Photo/Chinanews.com)

PLA Air Force issues 7 commemorative envelopes ahead of 12th Airshow China


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force released 7 themed commemorative envelopes on Monday in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong province, ahead of the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), Xinhua News Agency reported on Nov. 5.

Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the PLA Air Force, said that the commemorative envelopes fully demonstrate the fruitful achievements made by the Air Force and convey the inspiring stories of the Air Force.

China’s new-generation stealth fighter J-20 was printed on one of the envelopes. The commissioning of the aircraft is a significant step toward full combat capability of the PLA Air Force, Shen remarked.

One of the envelopes showcased the heavy military transport aircraft Y-20 independently developed by China. The aircraft aims to promote the PLA Air Force’s abilities of delivery and long-range airborne operation, Shen said, adding that combat training and drills of the aircraft Y-20 have been comprehensively carried out.

J-10 fighters of the August 1st PLA Air Force Aerobatic Team and JL-8 trainers of the Red Falcon Air Demonstration Team were also printed on the envelopes.

Shen introduced that both demonstration teams will perform acrobatic flights at the 12th Airshow China.







President Xi: China will step up efforts to widen opening-up

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 5, 2018.(Xinhua/Li Xueren)

President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai during the morning of Nov. 5, and delivered a keynote speech. In his speech, Xi said, to widen its opening-up, China will step up efforts in the following areas:

1. Increase people’s income and spending power

To correspond to the trend of consumption upgrades, China will take more proactive measures to increase people’s income and spending power, as well as foster new growth areas of medium- and high-end consumption.

2. Lower tariffs

China will take further steps to lower tariffs, facilitate customs clearances, reduce institutional costs regarding imports, and speed up cross-border e-commerce and other new forms and modes of business.

3. The CIIE will feature continued success

CIIE, an event to be held annually, will feature good performance, good results, and continued success in the coming years.

4. Restrictions on foreign investment access continue to relax

China is taking substantial steps to expand financial opening-up, continue to advance opening-up in the service sector, deepen opening-up in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and accelerate the opening-up process of industries including telecommunications, education, medical treatment and culture. In particular, the foreign equity caps are going to be raised in the education and medical service sectors where there are both considerable interest among foreign investors and shortage in domestic supply. China’s imported goods and services are estimated to exceed 30 trillion U.S. dollars and 10 trillion U.S. dollars, respectively, in the next 15 years.

5. Improve laws and regulations to protect foreign investment

China will push forward with the introduction of foreign investment regulations and laws, and institute an open and transparent system involving foreign related laws. It will implement a management system based on pre-establishment national treatment and negative list.

6. Protect IPR by introducing punitive compensation system

China will protect the lawful rights and interests of foreign companies and is resolute in handing out punishmen, in a law-binding manner, for violations of the lawful rights and interests of foreign investors, particularly IPR infringements. China will enhance the credibility and efficiency of IP examination and put in place a punitive compensation system to significantly raise the cost for offenders.

7. Promote construction of Hainan Free Trade Port

China will be quick to put forward policies and institutions for building a free trade port in Hainan in a step-by-step and phased manner so as to speed up exploration of the development of free trade ports with distinct Chinese features.

8. Promote multilateral free trade negotiations

China will strive for the early conclusion of the regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement, and speed up negotiations on the China-EU investment agreement and the China-Japan-ROK free trade area.

9. Earnestly implement eight major initiatives from the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit

China will earnestly implement the eight major initiatives announced during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

10. Three measures to capitalize on the important role of Shanghai and its surrounding areas in China’s Opening Up

Expand the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone to include a new section.

Launch a science and technology innovation board at the Shanghai Stock Exchange and experiment with a registration system for listed companies.

Support integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta Region and make it a national strategy.

Craft exhibition kicks off in Hangzhou

(Zhang Yuhuan/Chinanews.com)

China Craft Week 2018, a themed craft exhibition, kicked off on Nov. 1 in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province, chinanews.com reported Thursday.

The event aimed to facilitate cultural exchange by gathering design masters and craftsmen from around the world.

China Craft Week focused on customized products, with an exhibition area 1,200 square meters’ larger than before.

Six British brands, 16 Italian brands, 10 Irish artists, 3 independent Thai designers and 15 traditional craft enterprises in Hangzhou attended the exhibition for craftsmanship exchange.

Caroline Groves, a maker of personalized women’s shoes, showcased her exquisite work at the exhibition, attracting many visitors.

Groves explained that although her handmade high-heels are designed based on a traditional style, they are still fashionable and carry cultural connotations.

Irish artist Angela Brady displays her work. (Zhang Yuhuan/Chinanews.com)

Irish artist Angela Brady also displayed her ethnically inspired glass pieces during the event. She said that she hoped to communicate with Chinese artists about the traditional techniques of Chinese porcelain making.

Tommaso De Carlo, a 60-year-old Italian engraver, came to the event as part of his second visit to China. He said that he is glad to share opinions with artists from various countries at the exhibition.

A healthy craft climate will nurture craftsmanship, Tommaso said. Through communication, craftsmen from different countries can exchange ideas, which is also a process for self-improvement, Tommaso added.

Chinese man grows 7 centimeters thanks to parkour


A Chinese adult claims he has grown an extra 7 centimeters in college thanks to his beloved extreme sport parkour, zjol.com.cn reported Wednesday.


23-year-old Jiang Weiliao, who is an engineer, explained that while practicing the sport over his four years at college, he grew from 169 to 176 centimeters. He also became stronger because of the sport, bulking up from 47.5 kilograms to his current 65 kilograms. He said that parkour has also made him more confident.


Though injuries are part of the sport, he noted that passion is what he wants in his life.

Djibouti denies being ‘induced’ by Chinese firm to breach contract

By Li Ruohan

A senior Djibouti government official dismissed the accusation that the African country was “illegally induced” by a Chinese company to breach a contract with another foreign investor, stressing that Chinese investment is legitimate and helps build a foundation for its economic development.

The remarks were made by Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, after African media reported Tuesday that the Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Co “unlawfully procured and induced” Djibouti into breaching agreements with DP World, a Dubai company.

DP World filed a lawsuit against the Hong Kong-based company before the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Eritrean media Tesfa News reported on Tuesday.

However, Hadi said “China Merchants Port is a third party that has no connection with the Djibouti authority’s decision to terminate the deal.”

The chairman said that as early as 2011, the Djibouti government had to turn to international courts to seek to terminate the deal, claiming it was a result of corruption and, therefore, invalid.

Hadi added that in 2010, Djibouti also terminated an agreement with DP World on the management of the country’s old port (PAID). All these legal actions started way before the China Merchants Port began investing in Djibouti, he stressed.

Hadi was in Shanghai for the China International Import Expo, which is expected to last from Monday to Saturday.

The Djibouti government in February terminated the 50-year concession agreement that allowed DP World control of the country’s Doraleh terminal, one of the largest employers in the African country.

The terminal was jointly owned by DP World (33.34 percent) and a Djibouti state-owned entity, PDSA (66.66 percent). In 2013, China Merchants Port Holdings bought 23.5 percent of PDSA from Djibouti and became a shareholder of the port until Djibouti announced it would nationalize the terminal in September.

Djibouti accused DP World, which operates 78 ports in more than 40 countries and regions, of deliberately underusing the facilities in favor of other terminals along the Red Sea, Financial Times reported in October.

The Dubai company insisted that the 2006 contract cannot be revoked, citing a ruling by the London Court of International Arbitration in August, which was slammed by the Djibouti government as “inconsequential.”

“The government of a sovereign state has the right to renegotiate or terminate agreements that it regards as violating national interests or development, and the Djibouti government is not the only one that has done so,” Meng Guangwen, a professor specializing in free trade zones at the Tianjin Normal University, told the Global Times.

But it has to weigh the loss, such as compensation and possible damage to national image and investor confidence, Meng noted.

Hadi regards abolishing the deal as a worthy move, as he said the contract has made the terminal half empty while turnover at the terminal increased by 32 percent after terminating the deal.

The senior Djibouti official also referred to the African media reports as part of a campaign from DP World to smear the Djibouti government and “scare away” foreign investors. “But Djibouti will resolutely protect the interests of foreign investors and they are welcome,” he said.

Hadi also dismissed talk that China is causing a “debt trap” in the country. He said that the money to pay back the loans from China will not come from the government budget or from taxpayers.”

He stressed that the loans, which are mostly spent on infrastructure and tied with projects, are helping stimulate consumption and building a foundation for the country’s economic development as it virtually changed the investment environment of the country.

“What differentiates Chinese investment from US and European ones is that the investment comes with no political attachment and aims at developing, instead of merely taking advantage of Djibouti,” Hadi told the Global Times on Tuesday night.

With projects for the loans, Djibouti has a better capability of paying back foreign loans, said Hadi, noting that the debt-to-GDP ratio in Djibouti, which stands at around 85 percent, will drop to 35 percent in the next five years.

The latest Doing Business 2019 Report released by the World Bank has named Djibouti as one of the economies with the most notable improvement, as the country jumped from 154th in 2018 to 99th in 2019 among 190 countries and regions.

Source: Global Times