Chile, one of the 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries taking part in the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, finds a new gateway to the market in the world’s second largest economy.

Last year, Chile’s state export promotion agency ProChile led a delegation of enterprises manufacturing seven kinds of products to the first CIIE and achieved fruitful results and rewarding deals.

According to the official data, Chile’s fruit exports reached record levels in the first 11 months of 2018, largely driven by China’s demand for salmon, cherries, plums and grapes.

Chile sees this year’s CIIE as a good platform to further promote its unique products, according to Carolina Vasquez, Director General of ProChile.

“It’s a big event, a China-held import expo. It’s very important for Chile as many Chilean products are popular in China, such as wine, cherry and other fruits,” she said.

According to Vasquez, China safeguards the multilateral trading system by taking practical actions such as the Belt & Road Initiative and pushes for joint development along with other countries including Chile.

“Attending the CIIE is of great significance to the economic growth of the Latin American countries and to the implementation of the Belt & Road Initiative in our region.

It’s not only good to the trade and business exchanges, but also has a rippling effect on the society. Here what I said include investment, import and export, and cultural exchanges. All these have promoted the bilateral trade relations,” she said.