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China-ASEAN Auto Expo in Liuzhou promotes bilateral cooperation
By Feng Lu ( chinadaily.com.cn )
Updated: 2014-09-29

Liuzhou has successfully held the China-ASEAN (Liuzhou) Automobiles, Construction Equipment, Components and Parts Expo on three occasions in the past few years. The recent five-day fourth China-ASEAN Auto Expo also ended successfully on Sept 23 with a total contract value of 268 million yuan ($43.7 million).

The expo has gained great popularity, with total turnover of the first expo reaching $376 million and the second expo hitting $417 million with a year-on-year growth of 10.9 percent. The third expo also received great attention and achieved a breakthrough in scale as well as in the motorcycle types and number of attendees.

The China-ASEAN Auto Expo has become a high-grade expo since its start. The first expo was sponsored by the China Auto Industry Association, China National Machinery Industry Corporation, China Mechanical and Electrical Products Chamber of Import and Export Trade and Liuzhou people’s government. Many well-known enterprises in Liuzhou attended the expo such as Shanghai General Motors of Wuling (SGMW), Dongfeng Liuzhou Motors corporation (Dongfeng) and Liugong Machinery Corporation. The expo also attracted many enterprises outside Liuzhou, such as Chery Automobile and Great Wall Automobile.

Activities during the expo are carefully designed each year by the expo committee, which attracts businessmen from ASEAN to visit famous automobile enterprises in Liuzhou.

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regional People’s Government has regarded the China-ASEAN Auto Expo as one of the most important expos in Guangxi. The theme of the expo is “Grand Automobile Gathering, Creating Win-win Cooperation”, which aims at improving economic and technical cooperation between China and ASEAN in the automotive field.

It has promoted cooperation in the automotive field between ASEAN and China and provides opportunities for Liuzhou’s automobile enterprises to improve economic and technical cooperation with ASEAN countries.

Many automobile enterprises in Liuzhou had increased their popularity in ASEAN after the expo. For example, Dongfeng has expanded its market to Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and many other ASEAN countries. SGMW has also built factories in Southeast Asia. Liuzhou’s total export value to ASEAN countries reached $169 million in 2013.

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