China-Asean rallies flag off in Vientiane

China-Asean auto rallies confirm the success of economic cooperation and the strengthening of the friendship between Asean and China, especially the naming of China's Quangxi province as the country's gateway to Asean, reported the Vientiane Times.

This was the message conveyed by the Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Trade Promotion and Product Department, Mr Somvang Ninthavong, on Monday at the flag-off ceremony for the next leg of the 2013 China-Asean International Touring Assembly and China-Asean Journalists Rally.

The convoy, which consists of 121 participants and 26 vehicles, left Vientiane for Thailand and other Asean countries. It is passing through almost all of the cultural heritage sites on the Indo-China Peninsula.

The convoy, which comprises drivers, businessmen, government officials and journalists from China and some Asean countries, began its journey in Nanning on Friday. Rally participants visited Ha Long Bay and Vinh in Vietnam before arriving in Vientiane.

In Thailand, they will stop off at Sukhothai, Bangkok and Phuket, then head to Penang in Malaysia, and on to Singapore. After Singapore they will visit the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and then re-enter Thailand where they will visit Nakhon Si Thammarat and Pattaya.

In Cambodia, the convoy will travel to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, then head back to Laos for a visit to Pakxe district in Champassak province.

The convoy will continue on to Danang, Dong Hoi, and Hanoi in Vietnam before heading back to Nanning.