Pakistan Attends The 13TH China-ASEAN Expo

Nanning/Karachi: The 13th China-ASEAN Expo opened in Nanning, capital city of China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang which highlighted industrial cooperation, trade and investment among China, ASEAN members and other countries on the Belt and Road. The four-day event has attracted more than 2,500 companies from 29 countries, including 10 ASEAN members and other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Kazakhstan. The expo has a theme of, “Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging an Even Closer China-ASEAN Community of Common Destiny.”

The expo features 5,800 exhibition booths this year, an increase of 1,200 from the previous event. It includes more than 30 forums to encourage China-ASEAN cooperation in fields like education, environmental protection, culture, transport and tourism. China is ASEAN’s largest trading partner and ASEAN is China’s third-largest trading partner. This year is the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations and the beginning of the full-range development of China-ASEAN free trade zone.

This year’s expo and summit hopes to promote new cooperation between China and ASEAN countries in capacity cooperation, Belt and Road Initiative, China-ASEAN Information Harbor and others. Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli and political leaders of ASEAN countries attended the opening ceremony. Zhang in a speech said that, “For 25 years, the relations between China and ASEAN counties have developed fast and both sides have forged one of the closest ties.”

He added that, “The development of China-ASEAN friendship is an essential contribution to the global stabilization” and, “The result of the China-ASEAN cooperation is solid and the joint development of the two sides brings real benefits to the people.” Zhang put forward proposals to further improve the cooperation between China and the ASEAN countries. He proposed to improve development of inclusiveness and realize the connection of strategic development plans. “We will continue to promote the 2+7 Cooperation Framework and Lancang-Mekong cooperation mechanism for common future,” Zhang said. He called for capacity cooperation between the two sides to realize complementary development.

It was added that an open market is essential to the economic and trade cooperation and the two sides should lower tariff to promote trade and investment. He said the ties should be strengthened to bring more benefits to the people. The four-day 13th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will last until September 14.