Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with President of WorldSkills International Simon Bartley in Beijing, capital of China, April 7, 2017. Bartley is in China to evaluate the bidding work by Shanghai for the 46th WorldSkills competition in 2021. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Friday met with visiting President of WorldSkills International Simon Bartley, and expressed support for Shanghai's bid to host the 46th WorldSkills competition in 2021.
Li said that Chinese government would take the bidding work as an opportunity to enhance cooperation with WorldSkills International to improve the skills of hundreds of millions of workers in China and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Noting that China treats labor as the biggest resource in maintaining medium to high-speed growth, Li said that China highly values the spirit of craftsmen, and works to cultivate more skilled people with enterprising ability to upgrade economic development.
Bartley, who is in China to evaluate Shanghai's bidding work for the competition in 2021, expressed the will to maintain close coordination and cooperation with China.
He appreciated China's willingness and advantages in bidding for the competition, which is held every two years for competitors from around the world to demonstrate their excellence in skilled trades and technology contests.