13th China-Asean Expo opens

Beijing: The 13th China-Asean Expo, highlighting industrial cooperation, trade and investment, opened in China on Sunday, media reported.

The Expo, held in Nanning, capital of China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, has the theme 'Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging an Even Closer China-Asean Community of Common Destiny', Xinhua news agency reported.

The four-day event has attracted more than 2,500 companies from 29 countries, including the 10 Asean members and other countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan.

The China-Asean Business and Investment Summit also opened at Nanning on Sunday.

The expo features 5,800 exhibition booths this year -- an increase of 1,200 from the previous event -- and includes more than 30 forums to encourage China-Asean cooperation in fields such as education, environmental protection, culture, transport and tourism.

China is Asean's largest trading partner.