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The Upgraded Version of CAEXPO, Bearing the Vision of the Silk Road

Source: China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat    Time:2015-09-18 11:08:28

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In this golden autumn, the world's attention has been again attracted by the grand event held in Nanning.
 
Today, the 12th China-ASEAN Expo is held as scheduled in Nanning. State leaders from China and ASEAN countries show their presence at the 12th CAEXPO. They are H.E. Mr. Zhang Gaoli, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council of China, H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, the Country of Honor for the 12th CAEXPO, H.E. Mr. Sai Mauk Kham, Vice President of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Somsava LENGSAVAD, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Executive Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce of Cambodia, other Chinese and ASEAN heads of state and government, H.E. Mr. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Secretariat, H.E. Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization, envoys of diplomatic corps, presidents or chairpersons of chambers of commerce and trade associations, renowned entrepreneurs and representatives of other professions from China, the ASEAN member states and surrounding countries.
 
Since the first CAEXPO, the only thing that remains unchanged of the Exposition is change itself. This year, CAEXPO, bearing a new mission, is to concisely grasp the connotation and strategic significance of co-building "One Belt, One Road", and highlight the theme of "Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Creating a New Blueprint for Maritime Cooperation" by the upgrading and development, so as to realize "One Belt, One Road" and promote China-ASEAN cooperation to higher level.
 
A Fruitful Cooperation Platform
 
CAEXPO has played an important role in promoting the trade and economic cooperation between China and ASEAN. Since the first CAEXPO was held in 2004, the mutual-beneficial cooperation between China and ASEAN has been developed with a constant growth of bilateral trade volume. 
 
In the year when the first CAEXPO is held, the bilateral trade volume between China and ASEAN exceeded 100 billion US dollars one year ahead of time. In 2007, the bilateral trade volume exceeded 200 billion US dollars three years ahead of time. In 2014, the bilateral trade volume exceeded 480 billion US dollars, 8.23% higher than that of the previous year. By the end of 2014, the total amount of China-ASEAN two-way investment has exceeded 130 billion US dollars.
  
CAEXPO has become the most convenient platform for China and ASEAN in comprehensive cooperation because it highly centralizes enterprises, commodities, service, projects, capital, and information of 11 countries. Bilateral cooperation begins from consensus to practice and potential demand is turned into business opportunity, which facilitates the effective matching of enterprises, industries and chambers of commerce of the two sides. Trade and investment become more efficient and convenient. Commodity trade, investment and cooperation, service trade, exchange between cities, industrial docking and sub regional cooperation are promoted all-round, embodying the win-win effect of FTA.
 
In multi-field cooperation, CAEXPO holds a series of high-end forums and relevant activities every year according to the new demand of supporting service on the Customs, Inspection and Quarantine, finance, ports and logistics, etc. to find out solutions to problems occurred in the above fields. Nanning Consensus, Nanning Joint Declaration and Nanning Proposals are the cooperative results CAEXPO has achieved. A number of cooperative mechanisms such as China-ASEAN Port Cities Cooperation Network,  China-ASEAN Technology Transfer Center, China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Federation, China-ASEAN Youth Sociality and China-ASEAN Education & Training Center, etc. have been established. In cross-region cooperation, CAEXPO invites more and more enterprises from outside the region to attend every year. The Special Guest Country mechanism for RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) has been set up, and RCEP communication has been held. CAEXPO has also established cooperative relation with WTO, and International Trade Center becomes an important supporter to CAEXPO, which promote the China-ASEAN influence in the world as a whole in international economic cooperation.
 
With the deepening of mutual beneficiary cooperation between China and ASEAN, China is actively participating in ASEAN interconnectivity. China has contracted the building of some key infrastructure projects such as Suramadu Bridge and Jatigede Dam and coal-fire power plant in Indonesia, which benefits the local people, and plays an active role in improving local infrastructure and promoting economic development.
 
Increasingly Upgrading International Event
 
CAEXPO is the only cooperative platform which settled permanently in China among all the existing China-ASEAN cooperation mechanisms. It is a new model of comprehensive and open cooperation integrating trade and economic cooperation, politics and diplomacy and cultural exchanges, and has been positioned as one of the three "key foreign forums and expositions of state-level" by the CPC Central Committee.
 
The CAEXPOs of the past 11 years have witnessed the support from state leaders of China and ASEAN countries, united efforts of the 11 countries and active participation of enterprises from the 11 countries. The Expos have turned the favorable policy of the FTA into business opportunities, reaching a large number of pragmatic cooperative projects and giving the "Booster" function of the FTA to full play.
 
For the past 11 years, CAEXPO has been improving and upgrading to better serve China-ASEAN cooperation and the construction of "One Belt, One Road" to enhance regional prosperity and win-win. The 12th CAEXPO will center on the theme of "Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Creating a New Blueprint for Maritime Cooperation" for a comprehensive upgrade.
 
First is the functional upgrade. The functions of politics and diplomacy, economic and trade cooperation and multi-field exchanges of CAEXPO will be further strengthened to expand service areas, extend from "10+1" to "10+6", and realize the extension of Maritime the Silk Road, so that "policy coordination, road connection, monetary circulation, unimpeded trade and mutual understanding between peoples" can be fully implemented. Second is the upgrading of content. With CAEXPO as the main exposition, a series of thematic exhibitions such as China-ASEAN Tourism Exhibition, Cultural Exhibition, and Forestry Exhibition are held. Besides, CAEXPO Secretariat also goes out to ASEAN countries in turns to exhibit. Hence, the pattern of one main exposition, several special exhibitions, and ASEAN Tour exhibition has been formed. The cooperation of international capacity and industrial park cooperation is increased, and ASEAN commodities exhibition has been tendered. Various forums and meetings are held to interact positively with the Exposition. The third is the ability upgrading. Trade and investment promotion ability should be strengthened, exhibition value chain is extended, and the innovative model of "Internet+CAEXPO" is applied to promote online and offline, all-day service, so as to further enhance the economic effectiveness. Four is the radiation upgrading. The cooperation results of CAEXPO is embodied not only in negotiations in the exhibition hall, but also embodied in interconnectivity, industrial cooperation, cross-border finance, resource allocation, market construction and humanities cooperation outside the exhibition hall, from platform construction to the implementation of the project. The fifth is the upgrade of software and hardware. Institutional innovation, reform and improvement of the function of CAEXPO Secretariat should be carried out; the reconstruction and extension project of Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center should be accelerated to promote the construction of Nanning exhibition business district and to build an international influential exhibition city and exhibition venue with customers as the center.
The 12th CAEXPO will become an all-round China-ASEAN cooperation bond through comprehensive upgrading of the five aspects to further broaden the comprehensive service functions of the exposition, to promote consensus, dock development plans, and to facilitate cooperation in priority projects.
 
A Highly Anticipated State-Level Exposition
 
The past CAEXPOs have arranged government-business dialogue so as to realize "policy coordination, road connection, monetary circulation, unimpeded trade and mutual understanding between peoples", which not only enhance political mutual trust, but also provide a solid political guarantee for the trade and economic cooperation between the two parties.
 
The 12th CAEXPO has again attracted much attention. The demand for booth far exceeded supply, with a lot of renowned enterprises and repetitive exhibitors. Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have ordered exclusive halls. All "Cities of Charm" have been confirmed. They are Hong Kong of China, Bandar Seri Begawan of Brunei, Phnom Penh of Cambodia, Kepulauah Riau of Indonesia, Oudomxay Province of Laos, Malacca City of Malaysia, Tavoy of Myanmar, Zamboanga of Philippines, Singapore, Chonburi Province of Thailand and Lao Cai Province of Vietnam. These 11 Cities of Charms will showcase their beauty and opportunities through a series of activities. In this CAEXPO, South Korea will also hold relevant activities as the Special Guest Country.
 
According to the needs of “One Belt, One Road” construction, this CAEXPO will hold 27 high-end forums and exchange activities focusing on relevant areas, including International Capacity Cooperation Forum, E-commerce Summit, Port City Cooperation Network Meeting and forums in fields of finance, information port, trade facilitation, food security, science and technology, customs, think tank, statistics, environmental protection, mining, electricity, education, culture, drug safety, sports, news, health tourism, rehabilitation of the disabled, Chinese entrepreneur, city management, insurance, cooperation between Guangxi and Taiwan, etc., and the number of the events is the highest compared to that previously. The forums and activities will pay more attention to highlight the theme, focus on substantial results, and promote the landing of more cooperation mechanisms and projects.
 
The China-ASEAN International Capacity Cooperation Forum held for the first time will focus on the theme of "21st Century Maritime Silk Road and promotion of international capacity and equipment manufacturing cooperation”. China's key industries, enterprises with advantageous capacity in key provinces and cities and relevant institutions and businesses in the ASEAN countries will be invited to participate in the exchange. At the same time, Docking Fair on International Capacity and Equipment Manufacturing Projects will be held to set up international cooperation capacity exhibition area and show the advantageous capacities promoted by China. The above measures are aimed to promote the capacity cooperation among China, ASEAN and the countries along the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road".
 
The China-ASEAN Information Port Forum will invite experts from different countries to conduct in-depth discussion and exchange on joint construction of China-ASEAN Information Port and joint efforts to combat cybercrime and promote cross-border e-commerce development and other issues. The unveiling ceremony of "China-ASEAN Information Port" base will also be held to boost the construction of China-ASEAN Information Port.
 
Investment promotion activities such as Industrial Park Promotion, Roundtable Meeting on Investment Cooperation, Business Networking with Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselors in ASEAN Countries, matchmaking of investment projects, and financial support of Chinese enterprises investing in China etc. will continue to be held. Through projects promotion, business networking and interaction, two-way investment and Chinese enterprises "going global" have been substantially promoted.
 
New breakthrough in pragmatic cooperation with international organizations has been made. The 12th CAEXP will cooperate with World Trade Organization to hold Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the WTO. The role of CAEXPO in promoting China-ASEAN cooperation in depth and blending in the process of Asia and globalization has been more prominent.
 
Gather at CAEXPO, Co build Maritime Silk Road and Enjoy Fruits Together. After the convening successfully one after another CAEXPO, the radiative roles of CAEXPO in effectively joining important portals, building a new strategic pivot in Southwest and Central South in "One Belt, One Road" construction. With the joint efforts of 11 countries and time and again upgrading, CAEXPO will keep progressing to somewhere higher and farther.
 

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