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'Xinjiang emerging from riot shadow'

Xinjiang;riot shadow

A visitor to the 18th Urumqi Trade Fair gets a close look at Bayi, the 'wealthy lord', Tuesday at the opening of the event in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The trade fair has attracted more than 500 overseas business people from 29 countries and regions.

Overseas investors received assurances Tuesday that the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region remains a safe place for them and their money, despite the July 5 riot.

"It is safe for foreign businesspeople to invest in Xinjiang. They should not have safety concerns," said He Yiming, director of the regional government's commerce department.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 18th Urumqi Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Fair, which started Tuesday and will continue until Saturday.

The event was held as originally scheduled, despite coming less than two months after the July 5 riot in Urumqi, the region's capital, which claimed 197 lives and injured at least 1,600 others.

Booths at the exhibition were sold out long before the fair began, proving that the riot did not change Xinjiang's geographical advantage, Nur Bekri, the regional government chairman, was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news service.

Foreign businesspeople at the fair echoed those sentiments, saying the riot had not shaken their confidence in Xinjiang.

"The riot was a terrible incident but it is over now and our business ambitions in Xinjiang are not affected by it," said Utepova Asem, director of Kazakhstan's Kaz Trans Logistic.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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