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Opening Ceremony of the Third China-ASEAN EXPO

Source:Xinhua English   Time:2006-10-01 11:39:00


 

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Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the third China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 31, 2006.


NANNING, Oct. 31,2006-- The Third China-ASEAN Expo, an annual event aiming tp boosting economic and trade ties between China and Southeast Asian countries, opened on Tuesday in Nanning, capital of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and leaders from all the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) attended the opening ceremony.


Addressing the ceremony, Wen said that the Expo demonstrated the common aspiration of China and the ASEAN to grasp opportunities for deepening cooperation, and served as a platform to push forward substantial trade, investment and tourism cooperation.


He said that this year marked the 15th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, and that the past 15 years had seen the tremendous development of the economic and trade relationship between China and the regional bloc, with the two-way trade volume hitting 130 billion U.S. dollars last year, a15-fold growth from that in 1991.


Meanwhile, two-way investments of China and the ASEAN countries reached 40 billion dollars in 2005, Wen said.


A series of plans, such as the efforts to set up the China-ASEAN free trade area, subregional cooperation and the FTA Early Harvest Program, are steadily underway, he added.


Noting that huge potentials remained untapped in the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, Wen called for more active measures from both sides so as to achieve the goal of raising the two-way trade volume to 200 billion dollars by 2010.


The envisaged China-ASEAN free trade area will have a population of 1.8 billion and a combined gross domestic product of 2 trillion dollars when completed in 2015, the most populous and also the third largest free trade zone after the European Union and the United States.

 
 

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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the third China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Oct. 31, 2006.


Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in her opening remarks that the ASEAN-China relations were now at a "golden age," and the ASEAN-China partnership was one of the most "dynamic and progressive" relations in the East Asian region.


"The China-ASEAN Expo is a good example of what we should be doing," she said, adding that trade with China would reduce ASEAN countries' dependence on exports to Western markets.


She said the ASEAN countries expected to see more investments from China. "We are seeing more Chinese investment in ASEAN, and we hope to see more."


Arroyo also said that ASEAN businessmen were looking not only for products to bring back home, but also for industries where Chinese and ASEAN manufacturers could collaborate to produce for the ASEAN market and for the rest of the world.


The Expo is co-sponsored by China's Ministry of Commerce, the trade and economic authorities of the 10 ASEAN members and the ASEAN Secretariat, with the participation of about 2,100 companies.


This year's Expo focuses on four sectors, namely, goods trade, investment, advanced and practical agricultural technology, and tourism.


On Monday(Oct. 31,2006), Chinese and ASEAN leaders met in Nanning for a summit to commemorate the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations.

 

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and leaders of ten ASEAN member countries attend the opening ceremony of the third China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 31, 2006.

 

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Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai presides over the opening ceremony of the third China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,  Oct. 31, 2006.


 

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits the third China-ASEAN Exposition in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 31, 2006.

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