China’s long-prepared “3rd Western China International Investment and Trade Fair”, all European and American guests are absent. Picture: Retrieved from the official website of Chongqing Liangjiang New District Government
China held the “3rd Western China International Investment and Trade Fair” in Chongqing yesterday, looking forward to becoming an opportunity to “work with the West to create a better future.” However, all European and American countries are absent.
The Nikkei Asian Review reported earlier that due to human rights issues and US-China trade tensions, companies in the United States and Europe did not participate in the long-prepared annual meeting in China.
Microsoft, Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, Daimler and other invited companies all refused to send high-level personnel to participate in the expo or related activities.
According to data from the Chongqing Municipal Government, the total amount of cooperation cases brought by the event was 228.5 billion yuan (35.4 billion U.S. dollars), a 30% decrease from the total amount in 2019.
The report pointed out that China’s abuse of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, coupled with Beijing’s repression of Hong Kong and tensions with Taiwan, have worsened China’s relations with the United States and Europe.