A total of 170 companies from Germany will attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). 170家德國企業將參加首屆中國國際進口博覽會。 Germany was confirmed as one of the 12 guests of honor of the expo in July. The expo, which will be held in Shanghai from Nov. 5 to 10, has attracted 2,800 companies as exhibitors from over 130 countries and regions. Among them, there are 170 companies from Germany, mainly in the sectors1 of high-tech2, manufacturing, automobiles3, chemical industry, machinery4 equipment and food and beverage5, which are Germany's strengths, according to Pohl. "We've heard that more than 150,000 domestic and international buyers are expected to attend the expo, which doesn't happen often," said Pohl. "So CIIE has received a warm response from the German business community, as they would like to establish closer business contacts with Chinese companies." "For the German and other foreign companies that are already in the Chinese market, CIIE is a great opportunity to deepen business ties between the German and Chinese sides," Pohl noted6. "For the newcomers entering the Chinese market, CIIE is a starting point for them to learn about and experience the market."