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Yunnan (VNA) – Vietnam is the main guest at the 24th Kunming Export and Import Fair which is underway in Yunnan province, China, with around 140 Vietnamese firms attending the event.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the Fair and the fourth China-South Asia Fair, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said Vietnam welcomes and pledges to create optimal conditions for enterprises from China and other South Asian and Southeast Asian countries to invest and operate in Vietnam.

The Deputy PM said the fairs bear an important significance and serve as a bridge to promote trade and investment cooperation between China’s south western region and South and Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam.

Being one of the six emerging economies with the highest growth rate in 2015 and a market of 92 million people, Vietnam has continuously fostered economic, trade and investment cooperation with China and other regional nations, Dung said.

For his part, Chinese Deputy PM Wang Yang said China is willing to connect with regional nations in developing trade, investment, infrastructure, finances, tourism, transport and environment protection.

The two fairs, co-organised by the Chinese Ministry of Trade and the Yunnan province, attracted 4,000 enterprises from 80 countries and territories in South Asia and Southeast Asia and more than 8,000 booths.

Vietnamese enterprises are running 250 booths at the events.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung was invited by the Chinese Government and Yunnan province’s authorities to visit Yunnan and attend the opening ceremony of the fairs from June 11-13.-VNA