fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take the opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China.
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since the event started nine yea
rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
In recent years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry
of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto components, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection.
After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate
ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan
via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human
itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim
ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w
hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.
He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba
ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran
sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp
ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp
ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb
er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”
lish class, which is taught by a Jiangsu teacher who is humorous and friendly. Memorizin
g vocabulary can be a dull task, so the teacher brings snacks, desserts or small gifts as incentives.
To spice up the classes, the teacher finds ancient Chinese poems that
have been translated into English and lets the students work out the original versions.
“My teachers in primary school didn’t use lots of multimedia. They were all too serious, so
the students rarely interacted or joked with them. But the Jiangsu teachers know how to use multimedia, and
always tell us things outside of our textbooks. The class is always great fun,” Tashi Lhamo said.
Chemi Drolma, an 18-year-old senior, plans to apply for a “normal” university－one that te
aches a range of subjects－after taking the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, in June.
Her favorite subject is geography, because it is the most ac
tive class. The school has a special geography classroom, and the teacher often uses a proje
ctor to display maps and images of different terrains to help the children better understand the lesson.
diplomatic ties. During their meetings, Xi agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to f
orge a more solid, stable and vibrant China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, and continue to explore the way for major countries to get al
ong with each other, which should feature independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, Wang said.
In the joint statement issued by China and France on jointly safeguarding multilateralism and improving global governa
nce, the two sides pledged to build international relations of mutual respect, equality, justice, and win-win coop
eration on the basis of respecting international laws and the basic principles of international norms, Wang said.
Speaking of Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said leaders of the two cou
ntries have agreed to firmly stick to the correct direction of bilateral relations, adhere to open
ness and cooperation, and pursue more win-win results so as to jointly elevate the China-Monaco relations into a new era.
During Xi’s talks with Prince Albert II, head of state of the Prin
cipality of Monaco, the Chinese president said both sides should adhere to openness and cooperation a
nd pursue more win-win results, adding that China welcomes Monaco to actively participate in the joint development of the Belt and Road.
video platforms such as Kuaishou, Bilibili, Douyin and Huoshan, to obtain more data flows and encourage brands and buyers to do more live broadcasts,” Zeng said.
It also plans to tap into the social e-commerce sector, which is currently in its testing phase.
Experts say the livestreaming explosion is boosting China’s e-commerce sector. The new
format could display the commodities in more dimensions and increase users’ trust.
Cao Lei, director of China E-Commerce Research Center, said this method could attract consume
rs’ attention quickly and accurately as most of the livestreaming users are post-90s generation who are accusto
med to shopping online, as well as help online retailers to gain data flows and create a “real” shopping scenario.
“Immediate feedbacks could be given to merchants based on users’ instructions. Through their
mobile phones, consumers are able to talk with overseas buyers, which will greatly enhance users’ trust on the platform.”
China’s cross-border e-commerce sector has been growing rapid
ly over the past few years, owing to a rapid growth in the nation’s middle and high-income shoppers.
France cooperation has not changed, Xi said.
“The history of China-France cooperation shows that bilateral ties are not ‘a zero-sum game.’ The strong com
plementarities between the two economies will remain for a long time,” Xi said, adding that China’s sustained devel
opment and further opening-up will create a host of new opportunities as well as broader space for bilateral cooperation.
Xi called on the two countries to constantly explore new fields of cooperation, nurture new growth areas for cooper
ation, and speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road and third-party cooperation projects that have been agreed upon.
“China staands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with France on major issues including the UN aff
airs, the reform of the World Trade Organization and climate change,” Xi said, adding that China always supports European inte
gration and hopes France can play a more active role in leading and promoting China-Europe relations.
Hailing his successful visit to China last year, Macron said that the two countries have been implementing the important con
sensus reached by him and Xi over the past year, strengthening cooperation on economy, trade, technology and culture.