Guangxi boosts ASEAN trade

Updated: 2016-01-13 08:22

By Huo Yan in Nanning(China Daily)

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Quick Biography

Guangxi boosts ASEAN trade

Name: Peng Qinghua

From: Born in 1957 in Daye, Hubei province

Education: Graduated from Peking University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy

Employment: He worked in the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China from 1983 to 2003, and the Liaison Office of the Central Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from 2003 to 2012 before serving as Party chief of Guangxi.

Source: Guangxi government

Guangxi at a glance

Guangxi boosts ASEAN trade

The Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region covers an area of 236,700 square kilometers, roughly three-quarters the size of Scotland, and has a population of about 47.54 million. Guangxi's gross domestic product in 2014 was $260 billion, similar to that of Ireland. Guangxi is well-known in China for its ethnic culture, fresh fruit and seafood, and beautiful natural vistas.

Guangxi borders Vietnam and has three big ports - Qinzhou, Beihai and Fang chenggang - on the Beibu Gulf coastline. They are important bases for Guangxi's trade with Southeast Asia and its development of emerging industries.

The picturesque Karst landscape in northern Guangxi has made Guilin a household name in China.

The cities of Hechi, Chongzuo and Baise in the west have rich nonferrous metal resources, and are home to many ethnic groups of people, including the Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Dong. Nanning and Liuzhou are political and industrial centers, respectively. Liuzhou produces more than 2 million automobiles a year, and is the fifth largest auto manufacturing city in China. The cities of Hezhou, Wuzhou and Yulin in the east of Guangxi, bordering Guangdong province, are home to millions of migrant workers.

Source: Guangxi government

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