On September 25, the 2020 China-Japan (Dalian) Expo was solemnly opened in the World Expo Square. Liu Ning, deputy secretary of the provincial party committee and governor, delivered a speech and announced the opening. Japanese Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Nikai Toshihiro delivered a video speech and Japanese Ambassador to China Yokogawa delivered a speech. Tan Zuojun, member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, and Chen Lvping, vice governor, attended the opening ceremony. Chen Shaowang, deputy secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and mayor, presided over the opening ceremony. Xiao Shengfeng, director of the Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee, and Wang Qiyao, chairman of the Municipal Committee of the Chinese attended.
Cheng Yonghua, Executive Vice President of the Sino-Japanese Friendship Association, Zhong Ben Wu, Chairman of Japan Electric (China) Co., Ltd. And Vice President of China-Japan Chamber of Commerce, Yongshou Zhongxin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Japan Electric Co., Ltd., and Zhang Shenfeng, Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade addressed the opening ceremony.
The theme of this Expo is "Common Challenges and Win-Win Cooperation". It has set up 7 exhibition areas and 530 booths for cross-border e-commerce and imported products, attracting more than 330 enterprises to participate. It will promote the deepening of cooperation between the two sides in the fields of economy, trade, technology and culture through online and offline integration, general trade and cross-border e-commerce.
On behalf of the provincial Party committee and government, Liu Ning congratulated the opening of the Expo, welcomed the guests and expressed his gratitude to people from all walks of life who have long cared about and supported Liaoning's revitalization and development. He said that President Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Japan are friendly neighbors and important countries in Asia and the world. It is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples to develop long-term stable, friendly and cooperative Sino-Japanese relations. Liaoning and Japan are separated by a strip of water and have always maintained a close cooperative relationship. Toshiba, Canon, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Orix, Nissan and other well-known Japanese enterprises have successively invested in Liaoning and achieved rich returns. Especially since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, the two sides have exchanged epidemic prevention materials and strengthened anti-epidemic cooperation, writing a precious friendship of "helping each other and overcoming difficulties together". At present, Liaoning is making great efforts towards the goal of all-round revitalization and all-round revitalization in the new era, seizing the opportunity to promote integration into the new development pattern of "double cycle". It is hoped that the two sides will earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, take this Expo as an opportunity to reap more cooperation results, expand broad areas of cooperation, build a practical cooperation platform, convey sincere cooperation and friendship, promote economic and trade exchanges between the two sides to a deeper level and a wider range, and jointly write a new chapter in friendly exchanges and cooperative development in the new era.
Nikai Toshihiro said in his speech that for a long time, exchanges and cooperation between Japan's local self-governing bodies and Dalian have been very close. Many Japanese-funded enterprises have invested in Dalian and the two sides have forged a deep friendship. It is believed that the successful holding of this exposition will surely promote the further development of Japan-China economic relations.
Heng Jing Yu said that Japan's local self-governing bodies have achieved fruitful results in practical cooperation with Liaoning and Dalian in various fields. It is hoped that the two sides will further strengthen cooperation, deepen exchanges, jointly create a new situation of mutual benefit and win-win results, and promote Japan-China exchanges to a new level.
Before the opening ceremony, leaders of Liu Ning and other provinces and cities met with Yokogawa and his party, and jointly came to the exhibition site to visit the exhibition of Japanese products and technologies and the exhibition of Japanese imported products. They exchanged enthusiastically with representatives of participating enterprises to learn about the entry of products and services into the Liaoning market.
City leaders Xiong Boli, Jin Guowei and Yu Baohe attended. Also invited to attend the opening ceremony were Lu Ke Jian, vice-chairman of the National Japan Economic Association, Minister of the Japanese Embassy in China Qizechun, Chairman and General Manager of Yangu (China) Co., Ltd. Guicang Longzhi, Chairman of Orix (China) Investment Co., Ltd. Liu Guoping, Vice President of Panasonic Electric China Northeast Asia Company Zhao Bingdi, Vice President of Mizuho Bank (China) Co., Ltd. Shoudao Cheye, etc. Representatives of relevant ministries and commissions of the state, representatives of governments and enterprises of Liaoning Province, Dalian City and some other brother provinces and cities, etc.; Special guests of various forums, representatives of Japanese local government agencies in China, economic organizations and friendly groups, representatives of Japanese-funded enterprises, etc.