Premier Wen says China will continue developing western region (3)

15:30, October 16, 2009      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

The opening ceremony was also attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cote d'Ivoire Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, Timor-Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmaoand Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Following Wen, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen also spoke at the opening ceremony.

The five-day fair, also known as West China Expo, is co-sponsored by departments of the central government and 12 western provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

Initiated in 2000, the annual State-level economic event has become a key platform for trade expansion, investment promotion, regional cooperation and diplomatic exchange.

The 10th West China Expo boasts more than 10,000 exhibition booths. Up to 50,000 delegates from 55 countries and regions, 36 Chinese provinces and cities, as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps will participate at the fair, according to the organizer.

Source: Xinhua
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