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South China to host 9th China-ASEAN Expo in September

(Xinhua)

14:25, February 15, 2012

NANNING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The ninth China-ASEAN Expo will be held from Sept. 21-25 in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the secretariat of the expo announced Wednesday.

Zheng Junjian, secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, said, with a theme of "cooperation in science and technology," the event will cover five subjects: commodity trade, investment cooperation, advanced technology, service trade and "charming cities."

The China-ASEAN Expo was initiated by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the 7th China-ASEAN summit in 2003 in order to promote the establishment of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) and common prosperity.

The past eight expos witnessed a trade volume of 11.69 billion U. S. dollars, and investment regarding international cooperation programs signed during the events totaled 49.17 billion U. S. dollars.

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