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A trade fair promoting China's "One Belt, One Road" economic initiative has drawn record numbers of participants this year.
Nearly 1,600 firms from 56 countries and territories are taking part in the trade fair in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, which started on Thursday.
The "One Belt, One Road" initiative is one of President Xi Jinping's key economic policies. He aims to build a vast economic zone by linking China and Europe via land and sea.
Representatives of companies from Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa were seen engaging in business discussions.
The owner of a Kenyan company described China as a friendly partner that helps build railways and roads. She said she hopes many Chinese consumers buy her company's products.
Chinese authorities regard Guangdong as a key base for the initiative. They are ramping up efforts to extend the country's economic influence in Southeast Asia and Africa.