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Trade fair facilitates cooperation among countries involved in Belt and Road Initiative

The ongoing annual international trade fair in North China's Tianjin municipality highlighted cooperation among countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

A "Belt and Road exhibition area" was established for the first time at the trade fair to enhance Tianjin's connection with relevant countries, said Li Hong, an official with Tianjin Commission of Commerce.

Exhibitors from countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative were invited to attend the annual event this year, and a workshop for cooperation between countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative was held to seek trade and investment opportunities, said Li.

The China Tianjin International Fair for Investment and Trade has been held annually since 1994.

Nguyen Thu Hoang, an official with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he wished to introduce some excellent Chinese enterprises to invest in and conduct trade with Vietnam.

David Bisceglia, a marketing manager of an Italian food trade company, said he first visited China 28 years ago and he was shocked by China's development when he came to China for the second time three years ago.

"I have to say that the Belt and Road (Initiative) is really remarkable. Coming to the fair, our goal is to bring China good quality Italian products, besides Ferrari and fashion," he said.

Tianjin has been boosting its trade with countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative in recent years. In 2017, 34.7 percent of its exports were sold to those countries.

The fair, started on April 13, will last until April 17.