Among the busiest booths at Canton Fair, China's largest trade fair, is one advertising two freight trains running along roughly the same routes as the ancient Silk Road.
The two rail lines, one linking west China with Central Asia and the other extending to Russia and Eastern Europe, have attracted over 2,000 businessmen to the booth since the fair opened on Wednesday in south China's Guangdong Province.
"Many merchants from nations along the railway said they hope to import Chinese goods, but have been troubled by a lack of logistic services. This year, we also saw many companies from western China that hope to export to the region using our lines," one staff member at the booth told Xinhua.
Aside from Central Asian countries, whose trade with China has bloomed in recent years, the ASEAN nations, South America and Africa were also frequently mentioned by Chinese exhibitors as they unveiled their export plans at the fair.
Gao Yuanjia, a manager with Chinese air conditioner maker Chunlan, said the company is making great efforts to tap "high-potential markets" to offset declines in traditional ones.
"The Gulf Arab states, for instance, have high demand for air conditioners, given their desert climates," Gao said. "Africa is also a growth point for our air conditioner exports, though the market is now shaken by the Ebola epidemic."
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