Guangdong officials on June 15 said they will expand integrated land, sea and air transportation cooperation with ASEAN countries.
“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,” said Guangdong Vice Governor Deng Haiguang. “A total of 60 percent of the overseas Chinese in ASEAN countries are from Guangdong province,” added Deng.
Deng’s remarks were made during a forum in Guangzhou that focused on rebuilding China’s Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century. Representative of overseas Chinese from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos also shared their opinions in the forum.
According to Deng, Guangdong will add routes in important ports and airports between Guangdong and ASEAN countries and will enhance operation and technology exchanges in main ports. Cruise routes will also open for ASEAN countries in an appropriate time, Deng said.
Guangdong will also accelerate its Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City project, Shantou Pilot Zone of Oversea Chinese exchange and Jiangmen Daguang Gulf Economic Zone.
“Guangdong and North Sumatera should strengthen sistership relations and deepen exchange in education,” said Liao Zhangran who is from Indonisia and a member of North Sumatera’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Huang Ruihua, from Cambodia encouraged Guangdong and Cambodia to enhance scientific research in medicine and cultivation of agricultural products.