A sudden downpour of rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those attending the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Trade Fair in Nanjing on the morning of Sept 17.
The Fair, in the historic capital city of Jiangsu province in east China, aims to promote Taiwan goods and accelerate cross-Straits trade.
It is the highlight of the 20th Nanjing Golden Autumn Economic and Trade Fair, which opened on the same day. The ceremony was held in Nanjing International Exhibition Center.
The economic and trade fair, one of the most influential trade platforms in Jiangsu province, serves as a catalyst in Nanjing's economic development: Over 60 percent of the foreign-invested enterprises and more than 80 percent of foreign investment in Nanjing are the outcomes of the fair. Moreover, of all the foreign-invested projects which are over $10 million, more than 90 percent is linked with the fair.
Every year the economic and trade fair has a different theme, which indicates the focus of the local economic development in the coming years.
This year, the economic and trade fair is dedicated to forging a tighter link between Taiwan businessmen and their counterparts on the mainland.
The Taiwan trade fair, co-organized by the Nanjing municipal government and Taipei World Trade Center for the first time, is the largest ever trade fair of Taiwan goods held outside the Taiwan Island, said Wang Chih-Kang, board chairman of the event's organizer on the Taiwan side.
The total exhibition area for Taiwan goods covers 38,000 square meters, with nearly 1,900 exhibition booths. The exhibition will last from Sept 17 to 20.
"Because of historical reasons, many Taiwanese are quite familiar with Nanjing," said Lin Wenyi, Vice-Chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, at the opening ceremony of the two fairs.