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Guangxi (VNA) – Promoting e-commerce cooperation between ASEAN and China was the focus of discussions at an event on September 12 on the sidelines of the 13th China- ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The China-ASEAN Information Harbour Forum and E-Commerce Summit saw the participation of senior officials of China and ASEAN, experts, and representatives from over 600 enterprises.

During the two-day meeting, participants discussed ways to foster internet-based economic cooperation, transnational e-commerce promotion, and win-win connectivity and cooperation between China – ASEAN.

Addressing the event, Huang Shiyong, Vice Chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government said e-commerce has changed traditional commerical activities and opened up a new free trade area.

Guangxi wishes to further cooperate with ASEAN nations, particularly in e-commerce by taking full advantage of the China-ASEAN information Harbour, he said.

The two-day event will seek strategies to promote in-depth e-commerce between China and the ASEAN.

The 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO 2016) and the 13th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS 2016) are taking place in Nanning, the capital city of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, from September 11-14 with the participation of nearly 2,700 businesses from both sides.

Themed "Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging an Even Closer China-ASEAN Community of Common Destiny," the annual event this year has a total area of 130,000 square meters featuring 5,800 pavilions, an increase of 1,200 from the previous event

Within the event’ framework, more than 30 forums and seminars will be organised to encourage China-ASEAN cooperation in such fields as education, environmental protection, culture, transport and tourism, together with 72 investment and business exchange events.

First held in Nanning in 2004 following China’s initiative, the exhibition aims to foster friendship and cooperation between China and the ASEAN.-VNA