China-ASEAN Expo kicks off promotion in Thailand

The Secretariat of the China-ASEAN Expo (hereinafter referred to as the China-ASEAN Expo) introduced on the 25th that from April 22 to 24, Liang Yiguang, Deputy Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the China-ASEAN Expo, led a working group to open the first stop of the China-ASEAN Expo in ASEAN countries in 2024 in Thailand. Overseas promotion.

While in Thailand, the working group visited the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, the International Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, the co-organizer of the China-ASEAN Expo, the Thailand Investment Promotion Board, and the China-ASEAN Expo Supporters Association.

Pushi, director of the International Trade Promotion Department of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, said that Thailand has always listed the China-ASEAN Expo as a key exhibition to support. The recruitment of exhibitors and the selection of “Charming City” for the 21st China-ASEAN Expo have been launched. The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Association will also be invited as a new force to jointly organize the exhibition and promote more Thai specialty products to enter the world market through the CAEXPO platform. Thailand will organize Thai high-tech enterprises to participate in the newly established ASEAN high-tech product exhibition area at this year’s China-ASEAN Expo.

The relevant person in charge of the Thailand Investment Promotion Commission actively stated that they will continue to carry out and participate in investment promotion activities through the CAEXPO platform. In addition to supporting the CAEXPO Investment Cooperation Roundtable and the ASEAN Industrial Park Investment Conference, and holding a Thai investment opportunity promotion conference during the conference, they will also recommend High-tech parks and enterprises from Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor participated in the exhibition.

Lin Chuqin, Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, said that since the establishment of the China-ASEAN Expo, it has continuously promoted the in-depth development of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Thailand will strongly support and fully cooperate with the promotion, investment and exhibition work of the 21st China-ASEAN Expo in Thailand.

China-ASEAN short video creation and dissemination plan officially launched

The China-ASEAN short video creation and dissemination plan was officially launched in Nanning, Guangxi on the 26th. The plan aims to promote practical cooperation between China and ASEAN, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two sides, and build a short video communication platform with regional characteristics and advantages.

The plan is jointly sponsored by the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, the International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the Information Office of the People’s Government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the National Federation of Thailand, Cambodia National Radio, Cambodia National Television, Laos National Television, Laos National Radio, Myanmar National Radio and Television, It was co-sponsored by the Voice of Vietnam Radio and other mainstream media organizations in ASEAN countries.

The plan will use various channels, platforms and media matrices to actively promote the China-ASEAN Friendly Cooperation Theme Short Video Competition to the people of China and the 11 ASEAN countries; explore the holding of national/thematic sub-contests in the ASEAN region; and collect high-quality short videos from the people of the country. Actively recommend video works to the competition organizing committee; recommend senior industry experts from China and ASEAN countries to participate in the selection of the competition, create a team of short video production and communication experts, and provide professional guidance for the preparation of the competition.

The plan encourages more local radio and television agencies, short video operation and maintenance companies, and micro-short drama creation companies in China and ASEAN to join the creative communication plan, leverage the advantages of mainstream media platforms, aggregate local short video production and communication resources, and actively explore audio-visual products and culture and tourism In-depth cross-border integration of industries such as China and ASEAN will expand the “ecosystem” of the short video industry between China and ASEAN, and use short video creation as a medium to further empower China-ASEAN people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Since its official launch in 2020, the China-ASEAN Friendly Cooperation Theme Short Video Competition has been held for four consecutive sessions. The competition openly solicits short video works from young people in China and 11 ASEAN countries. A total of more than 90,000 entries have been collected, which have been viewed more than 95 million times on Facebook, YouTube, Weibo and other platforms, and have been discussed online nearly 300 million times. .

Xiaopeng Automobile officially entered the ASEAN market

On March 26, Xpeng Motors announced the establishment of a long-term strategic partnership with Thai dealer group Neo Mobility Asia at the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show. This cooperation marks Xpeng Motors’ official entry into the ASEAN market.

As Xpeng Motors’ Internationalization 2.0 process accelerates, more and more high-quality dealers in Southeast Asia, including dealer groups such as Singapore’s Premium Automobiles and Malaysia’s Bermaz Auto, have joined the ranks of Xpeng Motors’ partners.

Xpeng Motors will launch the right-hand drive version of the Xpeng G6 in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, with delivery scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Shenzhen’s top trading partner is ASEAN?

According to Shenzhen Customs, in the first two months of this year, ASEAN surpassed Hong Kong to become Shenzhen’s largest trading partner, with imports and exports of 106.92 billion yuan, an increase of 58.1%, accounting for 15.8% of Shenzhen’s total imports and exports in the same period.

In the first two months of this year, ASEAN remained China’s largest trading partner. The total trade value between China and ASEAN was 993.24 billion yuan, up by 8.1%, accounting for 15% of China’s foreign trade. China and ASEAN have been each other’s largest trading partner for four consecutive years.

During the same period, Shenzhen’s import and export to and from the top ten trading partners maintained growth, accounting for 73.9% of the total import and export. Shenzhen’s second to fifth trading partners are Hong Kong, the United States, the European Union and Taiwan, with year-on-year import and export growth of 12.5%, 62.4%, 20.9% and 13.5% respectively.

With the accelerated restructuring of the global industrial chain and the effective implementation of RCEP, the momentum of Shenzhen’s openness and cooperation with ASEAN has been further enhanced.

Shenzhen and ASEAN give full play to their respective comparative advantages, strengthen infrastructure connectivity, enhance the level of investment and trade facilitation, deepen the integration and development of the industrial chain supply chain, and the continued expansion of the scale of trade in intermediate goods, which has become an important factor driving the growth of Shenzhen’s foreign trade.

In addition, one of the reasons for the faster growth of Shenzhen’s import and export to ASEAN is that some European and American brands have set up their factories in ASEAN countries, and the intermediate goods and raw materials still need to be purchased from China, so some Chinese SMEs are now also going to ASEAN to take orders.

In the first two months of this year, Shenzhen import and export 675.18 billion yuan, up 45% year-on-year, the scale of the same period in history, the import and export growth rate of the country’s top ten foreign trade cities first. Among them, exports 441.44 billion yuan, an increase of 53.1%; imports 233.74 billion yuan, an increase of 31.9%.

Resist Vietnam border guards asking for ‘tips’

Recently, the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam received a report from Chinese citizens who were asked for “tips” by Vietnamese port staff when entering Vietnam. Our pavilion attaches great importance to this and has lodged solemn representations with the relevant departments of the Vietnamese side, urging the Vietnamese side to take effective measures to strengthen the investigation and punishment of illegal acts, and resolutely put an end to public officials at ports receiving “tips” in any form. The Chinese Embassy will continue to closely follow relevant developments and resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam once again reminds Chinese citizens that the Vietnamese government clearly prohibits public officials at ports from collecting “tips”, and foreign citizens are not required to pay “tips” to local public officials when entering or leaving Vietnam through air or land ports.

Plane crash in Malaysia

The pilot and co-pilot were killed in a small plane crash in Malaysia on the same day, according to the local fire and rescue department.

At 13:56 on the same day, the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department received a report of a crash involving a small plane near a village called Dumuda in the state.

Experience a New Year in Malaysia

The melody of “Gong Xi Fa CAI” is heard in my ears, and the buildings along the street are decorated with golden long queues, passing by tourists in Han and Tang costumes… These are common scenes seen in many parts of China during the Chinese New Year of the Dragon, and also in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Many industry insiders said that the strong Chinese New Year flavor in Kuala Lumpur is closely related to the mutual visa exemption between China and Malaysia. China has previously announced that it will implement a unilateral visa-free entry policy for six countries, including Malaysia, from December 1, 2023. Malaysia also announced that from December 1, 2023, Malaysia will implement visa-free measures for Chinese citizens within 30 days of entry.

The Malaysian government also hopes that outbound Chinese tourists will drive the recovery of Malaysia’s tourism industry. On Lunar New Year’s Eve, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim took part in the activities at Ji Chang Street in Malacca to experience the thick Spring Festival atmosphere with local citizens and tourists. On the first and second days of the Chinese New Year, Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Zhang Qingxin made a special trip to Kuala Lumpur International Airport to greet Chinese tourists and bring them souvenirs.

From high-rise Kuala Lumpur to the historic city of Malacca, Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia are welcoming the New Year on their travels and enjoying new experiences that are both familiar and novel.

The fifth round of negotiations on version 3.0 of the China-Asean Free Trade Area opened

On January 31, Wang Shouwen, international trade representative (minister-level) and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the fifth round of negotiations on the 3.0 version of China-Asean Free Trade Area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Earlier, Wang Shouwen held small-scale talks with the heads of delegations of ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Over the past three years, bilateral trade and investment between China and ASEAN have bucked the trend and remained each other’s largest trading partner. We are each other’s important source and destination of investment. We have shown great potential for cooperation in emerging areas and are each other’s important development opportunities. At present, the two sides are making full efforts to promote the 3.0 negotiations in various fields and upgrade the construction of the free trade area, and will further tap the opportunities for bilateral cooperation, improve the quality and level of cooperation, so that countries, enterprises and people in the region can obtain more tangible benefits.

Wang said that China is willing to work with all ASEAN parties to complete negotiations as soon as possible in accordance with the instructions of the leaders, further upgrade the level of trade and investment liberalization on the basis of the existing China-Asean Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and expand practical cooperation in emerging areas such as intermediate goods trade, digital trade, cross-border e-commerce, standards, green and low-carbon trade. We will build a higher-level China-Asean Free Trade area, create broader space for regional development, and build a closer China-Asean community of shared future.

The fifth round of negotiations on version 3.0 of the China-Asean Free Trade Area was held from January 29 to February 2, attended by nearly 400 officials from the competent authorities of China, 10 ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Byd is investing $1.3 billion in Indonesia

Today, BYD launched three pure electric models in Indonesia, which means BYD’s overseas expansion is further.

Airlangga Hartarto, Indonesia’s minister of Economic coordination, said at the press conference that BYD will invest $1.3 billion (about 9.373 billion yuan) to build a car factory in Indonesia, with an expected capacity of 150,000 vehicles.

BYD ATTO 3 (Yuan PLUS) is its first “strategic global passenger car”, and the overseas version of BYD ATTO 3 has been delivered in more than 70 countries and regions in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Central and East Africa.

The car also won the pure electric vehicle sales champion in Sweden, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand and other countries, with a cumulative export volume of more than 140,000 units.

In addition, BYD will set up a large production base consisting of three factories with the Brazilian state government of Oia, with a total investment of 3 billion reais (equivalent to about 4.5 billion yuan).