Business | October 24, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

`Bulgarian-Chinese trade from January to August this year totaled USD 77 M, or up by 30 % from the same period last year,` the commercial secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Sofia, Li Lianzhong, said during a trip to Haskovo (Eastern Bulgaria). The Bulgarian exports are mostly of raw materials for chemicals and food industry, and spare parts. According to the Chinese commercial secretary, the efforts of the two countries must focus on the commercial exchange. The commercial secretary and secretary for cultural affairs was in Sofia to meet the district and municipal government and local business people. Later during the year Haskovo is expecting a delegation from the Chinese town of Xi`an to visit the town and sign a memorandum of cooperation between the two cities.

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