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The Address of Vice Minister Qian Kemeing at the Opening Ceremony of 2017 Silk Road International Exposition and the 21st Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China

  

(Ministry of Commerce Qian Keming)
On the morning of June 3 2017

Your excellency Rasim Ljajic,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to attend the opening ceremony of 2017 Silk Road International Exposition and the 21st Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China. On behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, I would like to extend warm congratulations on the convening of 2017 Silk Road Expo, sincere welcome to the arrival of all guests, and heartfelt thanks to friends from various circles at home and abroad who have been supporting the Silk Road Expo for a long time.

At the just concluded Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Xi Jinping proposed that efforts should be made to maintain and develop an open world economy and promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment. This is China's firm commitment to the opening up and development in the future, pointing out the direction for West China to seize the historic opportunity of the Belt and Road construction. Shanxi, as a starting point of the ancient Silk Road, plays an essential role in building the Belt and Road, gradually developing into a leading region of China's opening to the west from a closed inland area to a significant pivot for economic cooperation and humanity exchanges of the Belt and Road. Shanxi has successfully held 20 sessions of Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China. Now it has officially changed its name into the Silk Road International Exposition and Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China, meaning that the Silk Road Expo holds up higher historical mission and responsibility in the new stage of the construction of the Belt and Road.

2017 Silk Road Expo holds trade exhibitions and creates open cooperation platforms adhering to the silk road spirit, focusing on the connotation and goals of the construction of the Belt and Road and regarding "new platform, new opportunities and new development" as the theme. It plays a positive role in further promoting interactive development between East and West China and pushing forward communication and cooperation development between West China and countries along the line of the Economic Belt of Silk Road. Ministry of Commerce, as one of the host units of the Silk Rad Expo, will strongly support Shanxi in holding this expo as always, and will also spare no efforts to continue to provide support and service for West China to expand opening up and accelerate development. I sincerely hope that you could take full advantage of the platform of the Silk Road Expo to constantly innovate, strengthen cooperation, deepen communication and realize mutual benefit and win-win result. Just as President Xi Jinping has said that we should join hands to promote international cooperation of the construction of the Belt and Road and make the ancient Silk Road young again.

At last, Wish 2017 Silk Road International Exposition and the 21st Investment and Trade Forum for Cooperation between East and West China a great success.

Thank you!

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