Expo held to boost Lancang

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The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Dianchi Forum was held on the same day, focusing on cross-border economic cooperation and the construction of a pilot free trade zone.

ASEAN is now China's second-largest trading partner, with two-way trade hitting 291.9 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2019 and an estimated 5000 billion U.S. dollars for the whole year.

The LMC is a sub-regional cooperation mechanism serving the common needs of the six countries along the Mekong River, including China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

KUNMING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The 2019 Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Exposition opened Thursday in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, aiming at boosting sub-regional trade and investment.

Lu Pengqi, vice chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said such activities will help deepen economic and trade cooperation between Lancang-Mekong countries.

The thriving LMC injects vigor into the bond between China and ASEAN, said Guo Chuanwei who oversees the Trade and Investment Division under ASEAN-China Centre.

It also consists of several parallel sessions including the China-Laos and China-Cambodia investment symposiums, according to the organizer.

More than 2,000 merchants from home and abroad are expected to attend the five-day event, which has set up 1,5000 booths in five exhibition halls, covering investment and trade, culture and tourism, featured commodities of Lancang-Mekong countries and other areas.