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China Shanghaï, 26 July 2010

"Trade Days" at Shanghai World Expo

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EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht inaugurated the ’Trade Days’ in the European Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai on Thursday 22nd July.

The two-day event show-cased the importance of developing trade links between the EU and China. Leading European business people and international academics exchanged viewpoints on EU-China trade relations and hosted a tasting of quality traditional food products from Europe.

Commissioner De Gucht gave a keynote speech in which he emphasised the potential of doing business with China and the issues which need to be addressed to sustain business in the long term. The other keynote speaker was the Vice-Minister of Commerce of People's Republic of China Goa Hucheng. Other speakers included high-level representatives of leading European companies doing business in China and professors from the most prominent European and Chinese universities and business schools.

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View the programme
Read the speech
View a video report from the Trade Days (© VRT) nl
Listen to an audio report on the Trade Days by Grégoire Lory, aired July 23 on Radio France. fr
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The EU at the Shanghai Expo

"Trade Days" took place in the wider context of the Commission's participation in the whole Shanghai EXPO from May to September. As the EU is China's main economic partner, the European Commission has accepted the invitation to participate in the event. It shares its pavilion with Belgium, who is currently holding the EU Presidency. The EU pavilion expects 30 000 visitors per day, more than 5 million overall.

The official Shanghaï Expo 2010 website
The Belgium-EU pavilion

Background information

A summary of trade relations with China
EU-China trade facts and figures
More on EU-China bilateral relations