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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Tuesday, May 15 2018 - 18:51
The 3rd Silk Road Expo Kicks off in Xi'an, a New Pattern of Two-way Opening-up Takes Shape along the Belt and Road
XI'AN, China, May 15, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On May 11, the Third Silk Road International Exposition and the Investment and 
Trade Forum for Cooperation between Eastern and Western China ("the 3rd Silk 
Road Expo") opens in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province. Guests and 
investors from 75 countries and regions like the UK, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the 
Philippines, Cambodia, Iran, South Korea, Nepal and South Africa are 
participating in the event, with the UK and Malaysia as guests of honor. 

The theme of this year's Silk Road Expo is "New Age, New Pattern and New 
Development". Forty activities covering over 20 fields like trade, culture, 
investment, science and finance are held in the forms of governmental 
dialogues, enterprise collaborations, people-to-people exchanges and intercity 
interactions. The six pavilions provide transnational, inter-regional and 
crossover displays, highlighting aerospace, electronic information technology 
products and intelligent manufacturing in high-tech industries. 

Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for 
International Trade of the UK, says that more than 200 British delegates and 50 
enterprises participated in this event. "This largest ever British delegation 
visiting Northwest China will strengthen cooperation with the provinces in 
Northwest China as well as the regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt,"  
Fairhead said. 

Rona Fairhead said that all the countries along the Belt and Road and 
enterprises across the globe gather here for trade exchanges, free capital 
flow, technology competition and communication of ideas and that this Silk Road 
Expo shows to the whole world a modern, open and encompassing Shaanxi Province. 

The Silk Road Expo, which aims to contribute to the building of the Belt and 
Road, has become a center of wisdom for the development of the countries along 
the Belt and Road, a center of investment and trade cooperation, and a center 
for high-end products and scientific development. With a view to boosting 
interaction between land and marine economy, domestic and overseas cooperation, 
and the cooperation of East and West China, the Silk Road Expo will also bring 
new development opportunities to the world.

Source: The Organizing Committee of the Third Silk Road Expo

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   Caption: On May 11, an opening ceremony was held for the Guest of Honor's 
National Pavilions in the Silk Road Expo.