Western China International Fair
The Western China International Fair originated from the Western Development, China’s plan to develop its western regions, and was first established in May 2000, adhering to the concept of “jointly holding, sharing, and mutual-benefit.”
It is a national and international comprehensive expo undertaken by the Sichuan provincial government, and has been consecutively held for 16 sessions. After its long-term development, the fair has become a significant platform for the opening-up of China’s western region. It is also an important forum for the country’s investment promotion, trade cooperation, and diplomatic service in the western region. In addition, it is regarded as a crucial channel to realize western cooperation, east-west cooperation and Sino-foreign cooperation. In March 2015, it was included in the national strategy white paper of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and became one of the ten national key exhibitions to promote the construction of the BRI.
More than 11,000 investment and cooperation agreements have been signed in the first 16 sessions of the fair, with the total volume exceeding 6.01 trillion yuan ($894.28 billion). Covering an exhibition area of 1.8 million square meters, the Western China International Fair has attracted a total of 1,005 foreign countries and regions to participate in it, with 55,800 enterprises and more than 404,000 guests attending the fair, among which 115,000 were foreign guests.
Website of the 17th Western China International Fair: xbh.wcif.cn/13249/index.shtml (Chinese)
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