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The 11th CAEXPO

The 11th China-ASEAN Expo and Business and Investment Summit Commenced

Source: CAEXPO Secretariat    Time:2015-08-20 15:37:48


In this pleasant season of autumn with osmanthus aroma, Nanning, the Green City, witnesses again the convene of the great event.

On the morning of September 16th, the 11th CAEXPO and CABIS had its grand opening in Nanning, Guangxi.

Just at the beginning of Diamond Decade of the China-ASEAN cooperation as well as the start of jointly building "21st-Century Maritime Silk Road", the 2014 CAEXPO will take "21st-Century Maritime Silk Road" as its theme, promote pilot projects in key cooperative areas, enhance "policy coordination, road connectivity, unimpeded trade, monetary circulation and mutual understanding of all peoples", and has attracted keen attention from China, ASEAN countries and even countries outside the China-ASEAN region.

H.E. Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of China, H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, which is also the Country of Honour of this CAEXPO, H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Bounnhang Vorachith, Vice President of Laos PDR, H.E. U Nyan Tun, Vice President of Myanmar, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commander-in-chief of Thailand, H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, H.E. Pehin Dato Yahya Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resouces, H.E. Bayu Krisnamurthi, Deputy Trade Minster of Indonesia, YB Dato' Lee Chee Leong, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade of Malaysia, Hon. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary  of Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, H.E. Nyan Lynn, Vice Secretary General of the ASEAN, H.E. Fang Aiqing, Vice Minister of Ministry of Commerce of China, H.E. Jiang Zengwei, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and H.E. Peng Qinghua, Secretary of CPC Guangxi Committee, together unveiled the curtain of 11th CAEXPO and CABIS.

About 1,300 honorable guests, including Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of WTO, Simon Merrifield, Delegation Head of Australia, Special Guest Country, as well as Australian Ambassador to ASEAN, Foreign Ministers, Minister of Commerce/Trade, Ministers of Transport, Ministers of Science and Technology, Ministers of Education, Ministers of Environment Protection, Ministers of  Health, Grand Justices, local executive officials, directors of financial institutes, and presidents of chambers of commerce of China and ASEAN countries, director of international organizations, world-renowned entrepreneurs and experts on regional economy, attended the Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony is co-chaired by H.E. Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry; and National Development and H.E. Chen Wu, Governor of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The well-furnished Chinese Hibiscus Hall of Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center welcomed honorable guests from all over the world. The main stage of the Opening Ceremony is like a "big ship" ploughing waves with the central screen as the gate to the cabin. On both sides of the "ship", there are five waves symbolizing the five "elements", which are "policy coordination, road connectivity, unimpeded trade, monetary circulation and mutual understanding of the peoples". Blue is the main color of the ring veranda, with pictures of Maritime Silk Road in five color schemes. Looked from the afar, the colorful silk is waving on the wall, just like a splendid silk road in the ocean. Seen closely, every strip is as delicate as silk and as agitating as rising waves. The rich hue on the main stage plus the colorful silk and blue ocean on the ring veranda, highlighting the theme of this Opening Ceremony, "Interwoven, and Smooth Silk Road". 

At 9:00 am, the opening ceremony was official commenced. With the sound of the waves and the whistle, the screens of the main stage in the shape of cabin door were slowly opened, and leaders and VIPs went out of the giant ship, welcomed by 12 teenagers with 12 national flags, respectively. Leaders and VIPs went into the venue and took their seats, hand in hand with the 12 teenagers. The design of the appearances of leaders and VIPs symbolized the China-ASEAN cooperation has entered from "Golden Decade" to "Diamond Decade".

H.E. Peng Qinghua, H.E. Fang Aiqing, and H.E. Jiang Zengwei addressed on behalf of the host province, co-organizer of the CAEXPO, and CABIS respectively.

H.E. Zhang Gaoli delivered a keynote speech. H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, H.E. Bounnhang VORACHITH, H.E. U Nyan Tun, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of WTO, and Mr. Simon Merrifield, Delegation Head of Australia, the Special Guest Country were invited to address the ceremony.

Revolving around the theme of "jointly building 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road" of this CAEXPO, a launching ceremony symbolizing the latest results in ports cooperation, which is the key focus of the Maritime Silk Road, was specially arranged. Two new cooperation projects involving Singapore PSA International Pte Ltd., Pacific International Lines of Singapore and Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Ports Group were launched. They will jointly build shipping terminals and open shipping lanes between Singapore and Guangxi.

The themed video clip before the curtain-rise ceremony vividly described the origin and development of ancient maritime silk road and the prospects of China and ASEAN jointly building a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road". The curtain-rise stage in front of the main stage is a giant loom by 15 units of smaller looms whose wheels were wrapped by the colored silk from Guangxi, China.

"I declare the 11th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit open!" When Zhang Gaoli declared, 15 guests walked onto the curtain-rise stage and drove the looms. Within the looms, the "shuttle of trust" flew back and forth and depicted the beautiful blueprint of a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" in a colored silk scroll with national flowers of China and ASEAN countries.


For thousands of years, the silk trade has become a continuous bond of friendship and cooperation. Today, China-ASEAN Expo functioned as a shuttle and wove the magnificent brocade of Maritime Silk Road with longitudes and latitudes of China and ASEAN countries. 30 teenagers ran to the audience, armed with colored silk. And 60 groups of colored silk jetted out from ring veranda, which means that the smooth "21st Century Marine Silk Road", connecting China and ASEAN countries, is a road of win-win cooperation for common development and common prosperity, and a road of peace and friendship to increase understanding and trust and strengthen cultural exchanges.

In the thunderous applause at the scene, the 11th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit was officially commenced.

The friendly exchanges, trade and cooperation in many fields between China and ASEAN got rapid development during a decade. The 11th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business Investment Summit is the first event of the "Diamond Decade", and also a good start of China and ASEAN jointly building a new Maritime Silk Road. This new event received high attention from countries and international organizations outside China and ASEAN region, with attendance of high-level delegations, active exhibitors whose quantity and quality better than that in previous years, and more purchasing groups than ever before. In the new historical starting point, this Expo, with the theme of "jointly building a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road", innovates its form and content, enhance the mechanism, expands the region and field of cooperation, and takes the leading role, to find a new meeting point for deepening cooperation, more benefits and win-win points and economic growth of China and ASEAN, and pushes forward China-ASEAN cooperation from "Golden Decade" to "Diamond Decade".

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