15th China-ASEAN Expo slated for September hinh anh 1The 15th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) will take place in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from September 12-15. (Photo: caexpo.org)

Beijing (VNA) – The China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) is scheduled to return to Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwestern China, on its 15th edition from September 12-15.

The theme of this year’s event is “Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the China-ASEAN community of innovation.”

More countries, especially those along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, will be invited to attend the expo to create more business opportunities, said Wang Lei, the expo’s secretary-general.

Guo Chuanwei, an official from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, said he hopes that China and ASEAN nations can bring more top-level firms to the trade event to deepen cooperation between the two sides.

Launched in 2004, the CAEXPO provides an important platform to promote trade and relations between China and ASEAN.

Last year, the trade fair took place from September 11-13 in Nanning. Vietnam was represented by 250 booths, the most among ASEAN countries, introducing various products, including farm produce, processed food, footwear, consumer goods, wooden products and handicrafts.

China is currently ASEAN’s largest trade partner and ASEAN is China’s third largest trade partner. Trade between the two sides rose by 13.8 percent to 514.8 billion USD in 2017.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. -VNA