The Heat: China hosts its first International Import Expo

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China rose to economic superpower on the might of its manufacturing. Now, as the country takes a turn toward innovation, it’s declaring itself open to a wider consumer market for imports.

Calling it a “win-win” strategy for development, Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out China’s priorities in a keynote speech welcoming thousands of companies to Shanghai for the first ever China International Import Expo.

To discuss China’s move toward innovation:

  • Chen Chenchen is deputy director of macroeconomics at Renmin University.
  • Rui Ma is a Chinese investor and contributor and advisor to
  • Zekarias Amsalu is the founder and managing director of Ibex Frontier, a firm focused on investment in Africa.
  • Philippe Monnier is an international business executive and board member of the Augmented Reality company, WayRay.

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