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Zhuhai fulcrum for strong China-Latin America trade

2017-November-9       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

Marketing manager Casio just got off a transpacific flight to the city of Zhuhai, some 18,800 km from his hometown in Brazil, hoping to find Chinese buyers for his Amazon River freshwater fish.

Bilateral park unveiled

China-Latin America Economic & Trade Cooperation Park will be unveiled as part of the inauguration.

The 2.5-billion-yuan ($370 million) Hengqin project with a construction area of 244,000 sq m is designated to promote bilateral cultural communication, tourism exchanges, cross-border e-business, and economic, trade, and modern business services.

The mission is to be fulfilled with the operation of the China-Latin America Leisure Tourism & Cultural Exchange, Legal Service, Policy Research & Innovation centers, and Sino-Latin America International Commodity Exchange, Cross-border E-commerce Cooperation, and Financial Cooperation Service platforms.


Booth representing Uruguay [Photos provided by CLAC Expo Organizing Committee]

Signings will take place to grant entry permission for registered enterprises. On the list are Lynk & Co, an automotive brand owned by China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group; TravelFlan, an AI-powered chatbot targeting the outbound travelers' market in Chinese-speaking countries; Hengqin Macao Payment Information Technology Co; State Power Investment Overseas of China (SPIC Overseas); Mexican Chamber of Commerce in China (Mexcham); Municipal Design & Planning Research Institute of Power Construction Corp of China; CCCC-Hengqin Investment; Zhuhai China-Latin America Information Technology Co Ltd; China Metallurgical Investment Co Ltd; and China-Latin Union Investment Co.

Cultural promotion

The premier Chinese trading event for Latin American and Caribbean countries also facilitates cross-cultural communication. Among other attractions, performances are to be staged by major-league musical troupes from Brazil, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Uruguay, Trinidad, and Tobago.

The Nov 9 China-LAC "Brilliant Night" Large Cultural Show will be staged at the Zhuhai Huafa & CPAA Grand Theatre.

Spotlights will be on Mexican Mariachi musicians and novel presentations of ancient legends and celebrations. Lion and drum dancing featuring Lingnan characteristics will accompany Chinese classical music.

The star-studded line-up includes a percussion ensemble from Brazil, Tango dance troupe from Argentina, national music orchestra from Mexico, and ballet ensemble from Chile.

Guangdong Song & Dance Ensemble will head the list of artists such as Cui Junzhi, the world's chief performer of the harp-like konghou; Fang Jinlong, excellent contemporary performer of the five-stringed pipa; and famed young pianist Wu Chun.

Sport exchanges

The China-LAC Cup International Football Invitational that began on Nov 6 will hold its final on Nov 10 at the Zhuhai Sports Center. Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Santos Futebol Clube, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club, and Guangzhou R&F Football Club will compete for the championship.

The time-honored Grêmio has cultivated world-class football coach Scolari and soccer legend Ronaldinho. Zhuhai's local Black Panthers Football Club, founded in 2015, forged a partnership with Grêmio to bring in a professional coach to train talented teenage players in China.

Insights from experts

With global experts and business representatives sharing opinions and ideas on specific practices, a series of keynote speeches on Nov 9 will shed light on development trends around the world.

Guests include Sr Antonio Prado, former economic and financial adviser to the President of Chile; Dong Mingzhu, board chairman and president of Gree Electric Appliances; Hua Fei, chairman of the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America & Caribbean Region; Li Dongsheng, board chairman and president of TCL; and Professor Chen Taotao, director of the Center for China-Latin America Management Studies of Tsinghua University.

The exposition is sponsored by the China Chamber of International Commerce and organized by the Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province, Zhuhai government, CCPIT Guangzhou Committee, and China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai.

China and Latin America and Caribbean states are about to set a milestone on the journey of reaching high-level exchanges and wider economic and trade cooperation, stated a government official. The major movement marks Zhuhai's determination to continue implementing the Opening-Up strategy and accelerate the construction of a pivotal role in the Belt & Road Initiative, he added.


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