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PARIS -- China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a hub perfectly connected with the world and has illustrated the "Chinese dream" where anything is possible and opportunities abound, a French expert has told Xinhua.

"Shenzhen, a former fishing port, with the economic opening of China, underwent a profound transformation in the 1980s to become 'the factory of the world.' It is today one of the most important centers of innovation and technology in the world," Leon Laulusa, executive vice-president of ESCP Business School, told Xinhua in a recent interview on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen SEZ's establishment.

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WASHINGTON -- In a video interview with Xinhua earlier this week, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said outcomes in the second quarter have been less dire, and the global recovery is expected to be strong in the third quarter. However, the momentum could slow down after that.

"We are still living with the pandemic in many parts of the world, that is going to slow the recovery because especially contact-intensive services sectors will not recover fully as long as the pandemic is not under control," Gopinath said.

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BEIJING -- Prof. Leon Laulusa, executive vice president of ESCP Business School and executive director of European Business Confucius Institute said "Shenzhen is a hub that is perfectly connected with the world from a logistical, digital and financial point of view, and illustrates the Chinese dream, where anything is possible and where opportunities abound."

Shenzhen has contributed to putting in place a new model of economic development based on systems of inclusive values, which uses new technologies such as artificial intelligence and data science and takes into account major issues on a planetary scale, Laulusa also said.

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BEIJING -- Stephen Perry, chairman of Britain's 48 Group Club, said "Shenzhen continued to grow and develop as the showroom for modern China. The world would come to visit Shenzhen and marvel at how quickly the city had sprung up as a global front runner in innovation in the new world."

Shenzhen "will be a magnet for South East, East, Central and South Asia," said Perry, also a recipient of the China Reform Friendship Medal, adding that "millions will come from within China and from beyond to see Shenzhen and China's future. They will come for trade and investment, finance and law, and new forms of development for the new world that is opening up in the Asian region." Enditem

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