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The 15th China-ASEAN Expo Opened in Nanning, Guangxi


On September 12, the 15th China-ASEAN Expo opened at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center. Han Zheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council of China attended the opening ceremony and made the keynote speech. Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan accompanied him and made a speech too.

Wang Bingnan said in his speech that 2018 is the 15th anniversary of the strategic partnership of China and ASEAN, and also the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN Expo. Over the 15 years, China-ASEAN Expo has become an important bridge for political mutual trust between China and ASEAN, an important platform for economic and trade cooperation, and also an important channel for cultural exchanges. 2018 is the innovation year of China and ASEAN. China will strengthen its strategic cooperation with ASEAN in the innovation field, further stimulate new drive of economic and trade cooperation and build new heights for innovation development.

Wang Bingnan emphasized that ASEAN is one of the most successful regional cooperation organizations in the world. China always puts ASEAN at the preferential direction, and steadily develops friendly relations and cooperation with ASEAN. The China-ASEAN Expo this term is themed on “Co-building 21 Century Maritime Silk Road, and Constructing China-ASEAN Innovative Community”, aiming at further strengthening innovation and opening cooperation, and promoting “Belt and Road” International Cooperation to step into a new stage. China is willing to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up, expand opening cooperation with ASEAN countries, deepen mutual benefit and win-win, jointly promote “Belt and Road” economic and trade cooperation, and make new and bigger contributions to constructing the open world economy.

Those who attended the opening ceremony included Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, Vice President of Myanma Myint Swe, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR Somdy Douangdy, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Hor Namhong, Second Vice President of Zanzibar of the United Republic of Tanzania Amb. Seif Ali Iddi, Ministerial Officials of China and ASEAN countries, as well as the related principal of international organizations like the Secretariat of ASEAN.

China-ASEAN Expo is jointly held by Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Government Commercial Departments of 10 ASEAN countries and the Secretariat of ASEAN. The Expo has been held for 14 terms successfully, the attendees include over 60 leaders from China and ASEAN countries, 2,900 ministerial guests. The Expo has become an important platform for promoting the all-round practical cooperation between China and ASEAN.

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