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In 2018, Channels for opening-up in Guiyang were expanded at a greater speed. Air routes were established to connect Guiyang with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Moscow, and over 20 million people passed through Guiyang's Longdongbao Airport.
Moreover, there is a high speed railway that goes directly to Hong Kong. Open platforms were continuously optimized. The China Cross-Border E-commerce Pilot Zone in Guiyang was established. Major events were held, including the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2018 and the Eco Forum Global Guiyang 2018.
The Guiyang National Hi-tech Industry Development Zone has become a national and international technology cooperation site and an entrepreneurship and innovation demonstration center.
The Guiyang Economic and Technological Development Zone became a National Circular Economy Reform Demonstration and Pilot Zone. The national pilot project of cross-border equity investment at the Guiyang Free Trade Zone made great strides. The developmental plan for Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone was carried out.
Opening-up and cooperation were continuously deepened. The ASEAN-Guizhou (Guiyang) Tourism Culture Promotion Center was established. Construction began on the China-India IT Industry Cluster District and building was accelerated on the Swiss (Guizhou) Industrial Demonstration Park. Guiyang was involved in friendly exchanges with 17 overseas cities.
Opening-up brought dividends at a greater pace. Total foreign trade volume was $3.494 billion, up 15.2 percent from the previous year, and actually-used foreign investment totaled $1.589 billion, up 18.1 percent. 15 new Fortune 500 companies from China and abroad came to Guiyang, bringing the city's total to 113.
New-project financing that had been disbursed totaled 221.867 billion yuan, representing a growth of 35.4 percent. There were 15 new foreign investment companies, 74 new foreign trade companies, and 54 new foreign-funded enterprises. Guizhou Tyre Company made further progress on its project in Vietnam.
Some foreigners enjoy themselves in Guiyang. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]