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A British exhibitor’six days at China International Import Expo

This isn’t McMahon’s first time to China. Earlier this year, he became viral online when he visitedChina as a member of a delegation with British Prime Minister Theresa May, getting off the planewith two cansof formula powder in hand.

The MOU will last for ten years and worth a minimum of £350 million tothe British company. “It’s very exciting because it’s a big commitment by Orient International to work in long term with us. It gives both companies a reason to invest and make long-term plans,” the British businessman said.

The UK is one of the 12 guest countries of honor of the first CIIE, as well as one of the first countries to respond to and the most active ones to take part in the expo.

Day Four: First-class standards, professional services

McMahon likes to take a tour to other exhibition areas when he is not busy.

He, who frequently attend expos around the world, such as in Germany, and France, as well as Southeast Asian and Middle East countries, adds that the CIIE has been very well organized though the number of participants is large.

The organizing of the CIIE reaches first class in the world, and the infrastructure and supporting facilities could very well satisfy the needs of different people, McMahon said, adding that it is great that the volunteers are always ready to help him when needed.

McMahon has lunch at the Kendamil booth. Not only supporting facilities, the dining services at the CIIE are also convenient. Photo by Weng Qiyu from People’s Daily Online

Day Five: In an opening China, more business opportunities are brought by consumption upgrading

On Nov. 9, the CIIE was opened for social organizations. To know about Chinese consumers’ opinions on his milk powder, McMahon offered milk samples to the visitors and listened to their suggestions.

“Shanghai is a very international city. The consumers have a broad vision, and they can provide me with a lot of useful advice,” McMahon said.

McMahon introduces his products to the visitors. Photo by Weng Qiyu from People’s Daily Online

By opening up, China is not only changing the world, but also benefiting itself, said McMahon, who witnessed the drastic changes in China over the past 20 years after his visit to the country.

The British businessman said he witnessed China’s change from the “kingdom of bicycles” to the “kingdom of automobiles”. He owns a mobile phone and a watch made by Huawei, and a Lenovo laptop, as well as many other Chinese electronic products, because of the trustworthy quality. “As a businessman and a consumer, I will buy more Chinese products.”

Day Six: Meet CIIE next year!

As the CIIE was about to conclude, McMahon started to pack up for a new business trip. “I had a very amazing experience here. I met my partners, and showcased the image and quality of my products to the world,” he said.

McMahon said he also made a lot of new friends here, and met his old friends from other countries, adding that through the event they enhanced mutual understanding, and became confident about their business prospects.

The British government lays high importance on developing economic and trade relations with China, McMahon noted, adding that his company, as one of the best foreign trade companies in the UK, will definitely come to the CIIE next year.

The businessman said next year he will enlarge the exhibition area, and invite his friends in the UK and throughout the world to come to display their products at the CIIE. “Everyone should know that this year is just a good beginning, and the future is worth more expectations! See you next year, CIIE!” From People’s Daily

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