The past decade of the new era has seen the establishment of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, as well as historic achievements and changes in the cause of the CPC and the country.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with comrade Xi Jinping at its core and the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) has earnestly implemented Xi Jinping Thought on the Economy, Diplomacy and Rule of Law, advanced all-round transformation, overall improvement and high-quality development in China's trade promotion cause, and played a vital role in tightening the bond of interest among Chinese and foreign enterprises, boosting international economic and trade exchanges and promoting the development of China's relations with other countries.
General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important video speech at the Conference of the 70th Anniversary of CCPIT and Global Trade and Investment Promotion Summit on May 18th, which is the biggest opportunity and honor for CCPIT's work.
The past decade of the new era has witnessed CCPIT's optimal period for development with the biggest changes and most extensive influence, epitomized China's ever-expanding opening-up endeavor, and seen how enterprises from different countries could share development opportunities and benefit from win-win cooperation.
Achievements of CCPIT's work over the past decade are as follows:
Working system construction. The CCPIT is home to 903 local sub-councils and 22 industrial sub-councils nationwide, 30 overseas representative offices, and 393 bilateral and multilateral business cooperation mechanisms. The China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) boasts 325,000 member enterprises and eight industry committees. In addition, task forces serving foreign-invested enterprises were also established in the CCPIT and its sub-councils.
Important economic and trade activities. Over the past decade, the CCPIT has organized nearly 300 major events joined by Chinese and foreign leaders, hosted or participated in nearly 3,000 exhibitions both at home and abroad, about 300 ones on average each year, and strived to tell unbiased and truthful stories of China through four world expos.
Trade facilitation. There are 54 free trade agreement service centers and 17 local pilot free trade zone service centers nationwide. Certificate of origin issuing services can be accessed by all countries that have free trade agreements with China. The number of Preferential Certificates of Origin issued by China had increased to more than 1.4 million in 2021 from nearly 100,000 in 2012, with an average annual growth of 34 percent. Various commercial certificates issued by China such as ATA Carnet have totaled 45 million.
Arbitration. Over the past decade, 25,500 commercial and maritime arbitration cases have been handled, one fifth of which are foreign-related ones involving parties concerned from 152 countries and regions. The number of cases has registered an average annual growth of 15.6 percent and the dispute amount has grown by an average of 24.7 percent annually, exceeding CNY 100 billion in the past five years.
Intellectual property (IP) services. Over the past decade, 575,000 patent and trademark cases have been filed, with foreign-related patent litigation services leading nationwide. More than 20,000 commercial mediation cases have been handled, with an average annual increase of 12 percent.
Business environment improvement and economic and trade friction settlement. Over the past decade, 1,532 business environment monitoring sites have been set up and business environment guides to 90 major countries and regions have been releases. 239 early warning institutions for economic and trade frictions have been established, with 24 reports of global economic and trade measures index issued.
Participation in global economic governance. Each year, the CCPIT organized Chinese enterprises to participate in business events of multilateral mechanisms such as G20, APEC and BRICS, and Chinese experts to study and offer suggestions on more than 40 international commercial rules and practices. 270 people in total have been recommended to work in international organizations. It has worked with over 40 institutions both at home and abroad to set up the International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement Organization (ICDPASO), and established the Sustainable Markets Initiative China Council, which is a significant platform for the Global Development Initiative.
The CCPIT will earnestly study, publicize and implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress, firmly follow the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, fully and faithfully apply the new development philosophy on all fronts, vigorously pursue the high-quality development, and shoulder its responsibility in advancing Chinese-style modernization.
First, make new achievements in accelerating the building of a new development pattern. The CCPIT will pursue higher-standard opening up under the "dual circulation" pattern, build cooperation platforms for stable industrial and supply chains and sci-tech innovations, and accelerate China's transformation into a trader of quality. It will also promote institutional opening up and better business environment, and organize the business community to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, so as to safeguard diversified and stable international economic landscape as well as economic and trade relations.
Second, make new contributions to advancing the rule of law in China. The CCPIT will foster an internationalized commercial legal service system, and hold the global business conference on the rule of law, explore the application of Chinese laws overseas and reinforce its leading position in international arbitration profession. It will step up efforts to provide better commercial mediations and quality IP services, improve the capacity of dealing with economic and trade frictions, and support the development of the ICDPASO.
Third, make new efforts to build an open world economy. The CCPIT will well organize people-to-people, economic and public diplomatic events, encourage Chinese enterprises to participate in multilateral business events and actively propose more globally-recognized Chinese solutions that serve China's interests, so as to advance the shape of a more just and equitable international economic governance system.
Fourth, break new ground in leveraging its role as a bridge. The CCPIT will make full use of its unique strength as a people's organization, ensure better services of task forces for foreign-invested enterprises and build high-standard pragmatic think tanks, so as to help various enterprises fully leverage the preferential policies of RCEP, obtain more orders, open up new markets and strengthen rule-based management, and spare no efforts to resolve the pressing difficulties and problems that concern them most.