The ambitions of the People's Republic of China to increase trade turnover received a new fillip on Friday (October 15) with the opening of the Canton Trade Fair.
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SV People look at exhibits
LV & SV Girl gives lecture
SV & GV Oil refinery model and girl explaining (3 shots)
GTV & SV People look at machinery in operation.
GV & SV Farm machinery in yard (3 shots)
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STV & CU Group discuss business over tea
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SV Speaker and interpreter
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GV & SV Guests rising and making a toast (2 shots)
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Background: The ambitions of the People's Republic of China to increase trade turnover received a new fillip on Friday (October 15) with the opening of the Canton Trade Fair. The country's trade is currently increasing by 10 per cent a year -- and the month-long Canton Fair, held twice a year, plays an important part in the expansion.
Businessmen from as far afield as Japan. Rumania and Australia were in Canton for Friday's opening. Among them was Visnews cameraman Russell Spurr who reports that foreign businessmen are remarking favourably on the new informality at the fair.
SYNOPSIS: A ten-storey building houses the autumn Canton Trade Fair. Held twice a year, the fair is the principle shopwindow of the Chinese People's Republic for world businessmen. And this year the visitors, from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Rumania, were commenting on a new informality at the fair.
Portraits of Mao Tse-tung, though reported fewer than previously, still look down on the exhibits. And an entire floor at the fair has been given over to illustrations of Chairman Mao's works and the achievements of Chinese communism. The country's total trade turnover is increasing by about ten per cent a year. And the number of visitors attending the Canton Trade Fair is showing a proportionate increase. Some are old hands, who have been coming to the southern Chinese port since 1957 to buy traditional commodities such as hog bristles and duck feathers. But today, the fair caters increasingly for representatives of industry and technology.
More agricultural machinery is on display at the autumn fair than ever before. But plenty of prominence is also given to foodstuffs, leather, fur, carpets and, of course, those hog bristles--used in most of the western world's toothbrushes. After Friday's opening, foreign businessmen commented that the lack of formality at the Fair was a great help to trading.
The opening ceremonies included an official reception. The Fair Chairman, Mr. Chen Yu, welcomed distinguished foreign guests and diplomats. Then the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Trade Ministry, Mr. Chen Tsu-Fu, proposed a toast -- to improved friendship and increasing trade relations.