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Canton Fair - a symbol of China's opening-up
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Canton Fair Belongs to Guangdong and the World

At the opening ceremony of the 100th Canton Fair in 2006, Wen Jiabao declared that the event was “a window for China’s opening-up efforts, an epitome of China’s opening-up efforts, and a symbol of China’s opening-up endeavor”. The Chinese Premier’s words are the most authentic and succinct description of the historic status and contribution of the Fair in the past 50 years.

The choice, half a century ago, to select Guangzhou as the host city of the China import and export trade fair was no mere coincidence, as the port had been the starting point for the Marine Silk Road. Its long history, advantageous geographic location, and rich local culture have conspired to make the city an ideal place for making new trading partners. The fair has successfully accomplished its historic missions to assist foreign trade, and to express and consolidate the new image of China. It has also served as the touchstone for China’s reform and opening-up policy. The fair is a cultural trademark for Guangdong as well as a signboard for the nation as a whole.

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