Yunnan pavilion, robot areas popular at CIFTIS
The 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) opened in Beijing on Sept 4.
Services trade in China totaled over 5.4 trillion yuan (about 775.6 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019, ranking the second in the world for six consecutive years. China, top contributor to the global growth in service imports, trades with 250 plus countries and regions, with its service import ranking the second in the world.
This year's CIFTIS is the first key trading fair held by China since the Covid-19 outbreak. Drawing global attention, it is comparable to the annual Canton Fair or the CIIT in Shanghai. Yunnan province also makes a hit at the CIFTIS.
The Yunnan pavilion
13 Yunnan companies joined in the CIFTIS online and offline, together with their counterparts from home and abroad. The Yunnan pavilion has seen traders and visitors coming and going.
Among the popular Yunnan specialties are the Yunzi go-piece, Pu 'er tea, black copper with silver in-laid, and ethnic handicrafts.
The Kunming Hanhang Company brought to the fair its handicrafts that sell well in the United States, sharing its new thoughts on cross-border e-commerce and digitalization of trade services in the post-COVID-19 era.
Li Mingze, general manager of the Pu 'er Royal Tea Company, told visitors about the famed Yunnan tea and its related cultures.
The Yunnan Wutongzouyin Culture Company displayed its new cultural products and tools at the CIFTIS, allowing visitors to experience in person the black-copper wares with silver in-laid.
Li Tao, commercial head of Yunnan Yunzi Culture Company said that in recent years, the Yunzi go-pieces are exported to Southeast Asia and Europe, with the annual export value reaching 1 million yuan. Contacting with merchants at the CIFTIS, the company is optimistic about overseas markets.
Yunnan business representatives said the CIFTIS opened new business opportunities for enterprises, allowing Yunnan merchants to learn from and cooperate with global service traders. Embracing the idea of "global services, shared prosperity", Yunnan will benefit from growth in services trade, while offering better service to the world.
The CIFTIS involves 12 major exhibiting areas of service trade, with activities focusing on 20 topics. Of these, the exhibition areas for service robots made a hit.
The comprehensive area
High-tech giants of ABB, NEC, Qualcomm and Huawei showed their advanced service robots for garbage sorting, old-age care and smart life.
YuMi, a robot from ABB, Switzerland, sorts garbage.
Walker, a service robot by Youbixuan Technology, can send greetings, water flowers, do yoga, play Tai Chi and more.
Qualcomm displays a robot that can cook coffee like a senior barista.
A transparent TV by Xiaomi
The robot-specific area
At the service trade fair, the special AI exhibition area for service robots brought together the latest tech apps in the world, showcasing the future work and life styles.
Using a teddy bear, Xinsong company shows a smart bed for rehabilitation.
PCare, which looks like the Monkey King, is a special service robot for the elderly.
Robot Xiaoyou is good at cooking 3,000 plus dishes in eight Chinese cuisine series.
Technology trends are pushing us back to the future.
By Gateway reporters