Home News Law & Policy Religion & Culture Opinion People Economy Festivals Arts Special Coverage

Hefty subsidy sought to salvage Xinjiang tourism

Telecoms dial in crucial communication

Tibet's first railway to be open

Fight against drought in Tibet
Int'l trade fair in Xinjiang opens amid slowdown
Updated: 2009-06-29 11:37

The fifth international trade fair in Kashgar, an important ancient Silk Road town in what is now the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, opened Sunday.

The five-day Kashgar, Central and South Asia Commodity Fair attracted more than 12,000 businessmen, including about 800 from seven central and south Asian countries such as Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to organizers.

However, the number of foreign attendees plunged from last year, when it stood at about 2,000 people from 19 countries and regions, a sign of the impact of the global downturn.

Food, textiles and clothing, machinery and electronic products are among the major goods for trading.

The fair is conducive to "building a good active economic relationship between Kashgar and other parts of China, and central and south Asian countries," said Huang Sanping, a Kashgar official.

Last year, transactions at the fair reached 24.3 billion yuan ($3.55 billion).

Family's open letter to Rebiya
  Latest News
Foreign diplomats visit gobi city in Xinjiang
Plane back to Urumqi after threat
A dull show by Kadeer in film festival
Policies not to blame for riot
China promotes causes of minorities
  Special Coverage
  A slideshow of 22 photos shows the past and present of Tibet
  A slideshow of 18 photos shows how Tibetans celebrate the New Year
  156 of the 197 deaths in the Urumqi riot were innocent civilians