Experts: President Xi Jinping aims to boost confidence with expo appearance

Women working on a garden last week at the venue for the upcoming second China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Chinese officials said this year's fair will be larger than last year's, which attracted over 3,600 companies from 172 countries and
Women working on a garden last week at the venue for the upcoming second China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Chinese officials said this year's fair will be larger than last year's, which attracted over 3,600 companies from 172 countries and led to US$57.8 billion (S$78.8 billion) in deals inked.PHOTO: REUTERS

President's attendance second year in a row seen as key sign of China's openness to world

President Xi Jinping will attend the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai next week for a second year in a row. This has led experts to say the move is meant to send a clear message on China's commitment to openness as well as shore up confidence in its economy.

Mr Xi's appearance at CIIE, where he will also deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony next Tuesday, will come less than two weeks before he is due to travel to Chile for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit meetings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Experts: Xi aims to boost confidence with expo appearance'. Print Edition | Subscribe