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China-ASEAN Expo boosts economic cooperation, mutual trust


10:46, October 27, 2011

Visitors walk into the Nanning International Exhibition Center, one of the venues of the 8th China-ASEAN Expo, in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 26, 2011. The 6-day event, which attracted 2,300 enterprises from China and 11 ASEAN countries, closed on Wednesday, with a total transaction volume of 1.8 billion US dollars. (Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

NANNING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The eighth China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Expo closed in the city of Nanning in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Wednesday, with economic ties and mutual trust greatly enhanced between China and the 10-member ASEAN.

"This expo has made new contributions toward friendly exchanges and economic cooperation between China and ASEAN countries," Zheng Junjian, secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, said at a press conference held after the closing ceremony.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the total trade volume at this year's expo reached 1.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 5.6 percent from the previous expo, said Zheng.

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