There are 15 guest countries of honour in this year's Expo and smaller countries are banking on the event
The week-long Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) will officially open on Tuesday. Spanning 30,000 square meters, the National Exhibition and Convention Center will host more than 60 countries and three international organizations showcasing their unique cultures and developments in trade.
A total of 64 nations including China will have their own pavilions, among which 24 will be making their debut at the second CIIE.
Countries from the five continents will be present. Host China will demonstrate its achievements in the past decades as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The China Pavilion is the one that looks ahead too and promises a whole lot of interactive fun.
"...like commercial aircraft made in China, the FAST (Five Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope). Second, we use a lot of modern technology to display these exhibits, like AI, like virtual reality and also the 5G technology to display the good life that the Chinese people are living," said Wu Zhengping, director-general of the Trade Development Bureau of the Chinese Commerce Ministry.
Setting foot in any of these country pavilions, you'll get a glimpse of the country's history and culture, how far it has come in trade and of course, what it plans to sell more in China.
Italy isn't the only country wanting to sell more wines to China. Georgia wants too.
"The last year we have negotiated the program that we have free trade with China so we have direct railways also with China. So hopefully Georgian products will be raised on the Chinese market. The economically China is rising up, so I think that it will be one of the most interesting markets for all the countries and for Georgia as well," said Mate Abesadze, staff member of the Wizard Events in Georgia.
There are 15 guest countries of honour in this year's Expo. And smaller countries are banking on the event.
"We hope because of the global current conditions of the economy, we want to be together, not to be left out. And we try to give options to other countries to see Malaysia as an alternative either on the trade and as well as investment," said Aninawati Saleh, a staff member of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.
The CIIE marks China's commitment to throwing its door wider open, as it seeks to buy more goods from the rest of the world. And developed and developing countries alike are seeking to travel with China on its global journey.
Hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Shanghai Municipal Government, the import expo is intended to bring together government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers from across the world, and provide them with new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation in promoting common prosperity of the world economy and trade.