China to Focus on Imports with International Expo in November

In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will hold a China International Import Expo (CIIE) November 5–10, 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.

It is a significant move for the Chinese government to hold CIIE to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. The expo will facilitate the gathering of representatives from countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and to promote global trade and world economic growth in order to make the world economy more open.

The hosts, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, are joined by supporters including the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

The Chinese government is welcoming government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers across the world to participate in CIIE and to explore the Chinese market.

The China International Import Expo Bureau National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. would like to work with all countries, regions and international organizations to make CIIE a world-class expo, providing new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation and promote common prosperity of the world economy and trade.

In 2017 the United States exported $116,699.9 billion of goods to China, and imported $461,119.3 billion, for a trade deficit of $344.4 billion. In 2016, California exported $14.340 billion of goods to China and imported $144.017 billion, for a trade deficit of $129.677 billion.

Staff Contact: Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.