Event to build on suc­cess

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By MAO WEIHUA in Urumqi and ZHANG YI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Guests from 57 coun­tries and six in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the fifth China-Eurasia Expo, which is to be held in the north­west­ern Chi­nese city of Urumqi, cap­i­tal of the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion from Sept 20 to 25.

Adil­jan Dawut, deputy head of the In­ter­na­tional Expo Af­fairs Bureau in the re­gion, said on Tues­day that 2,192 en­ter­prises will exhibit at the Expo, an in­crease of 40 per­cent over the pre­vi­ous expo.

“Among them, 418 are from out­side the Chi­nese main­land. The num­ber is more than dou­ble the to­tal of 133 en­ter­prises at the pre­vi­ous expo,” Dawut said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion area has in­creased by nearly 60 per­cent to 140,000 square me­ters, he added.

The expo was up­graded from a re­gional trade fair — the 19-year-old China-Urumqi For­eign Eco­nomic Re­la­tions and Trade Fair — in Septem­ber 2011. The first in­ter­na­tional event was held.

More than $6 bil­lion worth of for­eign trade con­tracts were signed with Chi­nese com­pa­nies at the fourth China-Eurasia Expo held in the same city in Septem­ber 2014.

Li Jingyuan, deputy di­rec­tor of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the fifth China-Eurasia Expo, said the em­bassies of 10 coun­tries in the Caribbean will take part in the expo for the first time and nearly 40 well­known brands from Ger­many will show­case their prod­ucts at the Ger­man boutique.

“The high­lights of the up­com­ing expo will be in-depth talks be­tween Chi­nese State lead­ers and their for­eign coun­ter­parts on the con­struc­tion of the Silk Road eco­nomic belt, the first fo­rum on le­gal ser­vice collaboration and the first women’s fo­rum for coun­tries along the Silk Road,” Li said.

Ten fo­rums at the min­is­te­rial level will be held dur­ing the expo, in­clud­ing meet­ings for pub­lic­ity min­is­ters, quar­an­tine of­fi­cials and lead­ers from trade and com­merce sec­tions.

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