Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the Hangzhou organizer of the First China International Tea Expo yesterday.
In the letter, Xi said China is the hometown of tea. Tea drinking is an important part of Chinese life and culture. Tea spread from China to other countries through the ancient Silk Road, Tea Horse Trail, and sea routes which become today's Belt and Road. People around the world love tea.
"I hope your work can promote Chinese tea culture, make tea a medium of friendship and exchange, and result in win-win situation. The expo is an important platform for international exchange and cooperation in development of tea industry worldwide," he said.
Ju Jun, the Party secretary of Zhejiang Province, said President Xi's letter is an encouragement to them. "We will work hard to foster tea brands, promote tea culture, and make the tea expo an event of major influence."
Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changbin, and Dejan Zidan, deputy prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia also spoke at the expo opening, attended by officials and businesspeople from tea-producing regions in China.
The tea expo, running from May 18 to 21 at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Zhejiang Provincial People's Government.
More than 1,700 companies and dealers are participating in the fair which occupies four halls and displaying over 10,000 kinds of tea and related products.
Two forums and numerous activities will be held during the expo, including the establishment of the China Alliance of Tea Growers and Traders.