Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 200 top Chinese enterprises are showcasing their products at the 13 th China-ASEAN Expo 2016 (CAEXPO 2016), which opened in Hanoi on June 16.

The event, jointly held by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the People’s Government of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, sees the display of high-quality machinery, from food packaging machines and energy equipment to automobiles.

Enterprises of the two countries will have the chance to enhance cooperation and advanced technology exchanges, while taking the advantages of the ASEAN-China free trade deals, contributing to promote competitiveness and efficiency in production.

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai, CAEXPO, an annual event organised in Nanning city, Guangxi province, serves as a venue to promote trade, investment and tourism between ASEAN and China.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong said that the event is held as part of the multilateral cooperation activities between ASEAN and China, which plays the host.

This year, Vietnam is named as the Country of Honour, which is a mechanism first introduced at the CAEXPO 2007 to make it easier for a country to popularise its images during the event. It is chosen alternately among the 10 ASEAN member countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Vietnam will also co-host sideline activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations, which helps the country re-affirm its role in ASEAN-China relations.

Around 200 Vietnamese enterprises will attend the same expo to be held in Guangxi in September.

The annual CAEXPO was first held in 2004 under the Chinese government’s initiative, with the consensus of ASEAN member countries at the seventh ASEAN-China Summit.-VNA