NANNING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region saw its foreign trade decrease 4.1 percent year on year to 218.03 billion yuan (about 31.1 billion U.S. dollars) in the first six months of the year, local authorities said.
The region's exports fell 8.8 percent year on year to 119.22 billion yuan while imports gained 2.3 percent to 98.81 billion yuan, according to the Nanning Customs.
Guangxi's trade with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) saw a year-on-year decrease of 2.6 percent to reach 106.73 billion yuan in the January-June period.
According to Diao Weihong, deputy director of the region's department of commerce, Guangxi has promoted the work resumption of foreign trade enterprises in an orderly manner and issued a slew of measures to stabilize foreign trade, which yielded positive results.
Diao added that the region will vigorously step up cross-border e-commerce to boost the trade of these enterprises by organizing activities including online exhibitions and negotiations. Enditem