5 November 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet on Sunday evening in Shanghai to welcome distinguished guests from around the world, who will attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) opening Monday. On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, Xi extended a warm welcome to foreign leaders and other guests.
Shanghai is the largest economic center of China and is at the frontier of China's reform and opening-up. Xi said, stressing that it is not an ordinary expo, but a major policy for China to push for a new round of high-level opening-up and a major measure for China to take the initiative to open its market to the world.
More than 3,600 companies from different countries will hold discussions and seek common development with purchasers from China and overseas.