The China-ASEAN International Touring Assembly (CAITA) and China-ASEAN Journalists Rally held this year’s ceremonial flag-off in Nanning, Guangxi, China, last November 23, 2016. Also known as the China-ASEAN Rally, this international motorsports event is jointly organized by the General Administration of Sport of China, the People’s Government of Guangxi and the ASEAN Secretariat, undertaken by Guangxi Sports Administration and the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China.
Now on its 10th year, the 2016 China-ASEAN Rally (CAR) marks several milestones in China-ASEAN relations. “This year is very significant for it is the third year of the “Diamond Decade” of the strategic partnership between China and ASEAN and the third year to promote the “One Belt and One Road” project. Meanwhile, 2016 CAR is listed as one of the commemorations to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations by Chinese Foreign Ministry in 2016, marking a new historical starting point. As a far-reaching international friendship exchanging event, 2016 CAR, designed to travel to some of the most important Maritime Silk Road ports in China and ASEAN countries, connects to the past and opens up the future” said Thomas Ma, Executive Director, CAITA Organizing Committee Office and Deputy Commander of the rally. “I sincerely hope this event would enhance good-neighborly friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and fruitful exchanges between China and ASEAN countries” he added.
A total of 99 participants from China and ten ASEAN member states will pass through China-Vietnam-Laos-Myanmar-Thailand-Cambodia-Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia, with a ceremonial flag-down to be held in Jakarta. From Nanning, China, the convoy’s first stop was Hanoi, where a ceremonial send-off was held, followed by a tour in the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex. A quick visit to Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall in Vinh City then the group crossed to Laos with a night stop at Vientiane. A ceremonial flag-off was held at the Patuxai Park to commemorate the 55th year of China-Laos relations. From Laos, the convoy passed through Phitsanulok, Thailand on the way to Hpa An, Myanmar for a tour at the Kyauk Kalat Pagoda and Kawgun Cave. After which, they traveled back to Thailand for a visit at the Sukhothai Historical Park, followed by a tour in Ayutthaya Historical Park in Pattaya. The convoy then crossed to Cambodia for a tour in the famous Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. From there, the group crossed back to Thailand, stopping in Bangkok for the promotion of the Sa Kaeo Special Economic Zone before making a night stop in Hat Yai.
As of today, the convoy is en route to Ipoh where they will attend the inauguration of Victoria Bridge. The 10th China-ASEAN Rally is scheduled to pass through Singapore before having a ceremonial flag-down in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 11th of December.
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