Intl touring assembly kicks off in Lanzhou

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Updated: 2018-11-02

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The departure ceremony kicks off in Lanzhou New District, Gansu province on Oct 31. [Photo by Tao Changshun/gxnews.com.cn]

The 2018 China-ASEAN International Touring Assembly, or the China-ASEAN Journalists Rally, kicked off in the city of Lanzhou, Gansu province on Oct 31.

The departure ceremony was held in Lanzhou, an important node city of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Connectivity Initiative Southern Transport Corridor. More than 120 people, including drivers, staff members and journalists from China and 10 ASEAN countries attended.

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Setting out from Lanzhou, the team heads for Xi'an on Oct 31, and then Hanzhong on Nov 1. [Photo by Tao Changshun/gxnews.com.cn]

Co-sponsored by the General Administration of Sport of China, the People's Government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the ASEAN Secretariat, the 19-day event is expected to run through Gansu, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Guizhou and Guangxi in China, and Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The event will travel a total of 10,000 kilometers.

Running for 11 years, the event has witnessed the deepening relationship between China and ASEAN. This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership, as well as the second year of the launch of the Southern Transport Corridor. This event will be a milestone in the friendship between China and ASEAN countries, marking a big step in regional integration. 

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The dancing drum is performed at the ceremony. [Photo by Tao Changshun/gxnews.com.cn]