Focusing on reviving the ancient Marine Silk Road, Guangdong province will expand integrated land, sea and air transportation cooperation with ASEAN countries, said Deng Haiguang, Vice Governor of Guangdong province on July 15.
Deng made the remarks in a forum held in Guangzhou, themed on building the maritime Silk Road of 21st century. Representative of the Overseas Chinese from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos shared their opinions in the forum.
“A total of 60 percent of the Oversea Chinese in ASEAN countries are from Guangdong province”, Deng said, “ASEAN has become Guangdong’s third biggest trade partner in 2013, with a trade volume of 102.21 billion USD, accounting for 23 percent of the country’s total”.
Guangdong will add routes in important ports and airports between Guangdong and ASEAN countries, and enhance the operation and technology exchange of main ports. Cruise routes will open for ASEAN countries in an appropriate time, Deng added.
Guangdong will also speed up the construction of big platforms such as Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, Shantou Pilot Zone of Oversea Chinese exchange and Jiangmen Daguang Gulf Economic Zone. Besides, Guangdong enterprises are encouraged to take part in the infrustruction of ASEAN countries.
Culture exchange and Chinese language education are also hot topics in the forum. “Guangdong and North Sumatera should strengthen the sistership relations, and deepen exchange in education and experts.” said Liao Zhangran, from Indonisia, North Sumatera’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Huang Ruihua, from Cambodia suggested Guangdong and Cambodia to enhance scientific research in medicine and cultivation of agricultural products.