NANNING, The 15th China-ASEAN Expo is scheduled to be held from Sept 12 to 15 in Nanning, capital of southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The organizers announced here Tuesday that the theme of this year's expo is "Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the China-ASEAN community of innovation." Cambodia is this year's country of honour.

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

Guo Chuanwei, an official with the Ministry of Commerce, said he hopes that China and the 10 member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) can organize more top-level companies to attend the expo to deepen co-operation.

Initiated in 2004, the expo is an important annual platform to promote trade and relations between China and ASEAN. China is ASEAN's largest trade partner, and ASEAN is China's third largest trade partner. Trade between the two sides rose 13.8 per cent in 2017 to 514.8 billion US dollars.

Source: NAM News Network