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Cablegate: China Declares Success at the 102nd Canton Fair

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SUBJECT: CHINA DECLARES SUCCESS AT THE 102ND CANTON FAIR

REF: GUANGZHOU 1183

(U) This document is sensitive but unclassified. Please protect
accordingly.

1. (SBU) Summary: Another record-breaking Canton Fair closed
yesterday with increases in contract orders; attendance was lower.
Attention to toy safety, export tariff policy changes, intellectual
property rights and foreign imports all affected the final numbers,
with a ten percent decline in toy sales at the fair. In the first
ever U.S. Consulate-hosted forum at the Canton Trade Fair, U.S.
government and business representatives discussed - with an
appreciative Chinese audience - American goods and services
available for import and the impact of export controls on PRC
companies doing business with the United States (reftel). End
summary.

Visitors Down, Total Value of Orders Up
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2. (U) Total attendance at the 102nd China Import Export Commodities
Fair (Canton Fair) was reported down 8 per cent when it ended on
October 30. Press reports cited a total of 189,500 visitors for the
fair, but a 2.9 per cent increase in the value of orders placed when
compared with the April session. The total value of orders was USD
37.45 billion, which exceeded the spring session and which was a 10
per cent increase over the fall 2006 (100th) fair.

3. (U) Deals with the European Union were worth USD 12.05 billion,
up 7.1 per cent; the United States, USD 5.83 billion, up 7.8 per
cent; and the Middle East, USD 4.42 billion, up 3.9 per cent. Those
with Asian countries including South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
and Uzbekistan also saw gains. China's costal regions were the most
sought out areas for deals, with Guangdong's transactions valued at
USD 9.73 billion. This was first among China's provinces, followed
in the top five by Zhejiang, USD 4.91 billion; Jiangsu, USD 3.95
billion; Shandong, USD 3.18 billion; and Shanghai, USD 1.88
billion.

4. (U) Some manufacturing industries saw modest gains at this fair,
with mechanical and electrical industries contributing most to the
total export value at USD 15.62 billion, up 6.4 per cent. Light
industrial products held steady at USD 12.18 billion, a slight
increase of 0.3 per cent; and agricultural products rose to USD 1.2
billion, up 3.7 per cent.

Toy Orders Falling
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5. (SBU) One area of the fair receiving increased attention was the
toy industry. Media and private contacts all cited falling toy
orders as a major area of concern for China, although there was no
agreement on the specific cause of this decrease. Fair organizers
announced that total toy orders dropped 10 per cent this session,
falling to US$960 million and attributed the decrease to the
negative impact of the recent tariff policy change. In addition,
the number of toy buyers attending this session of the fair dropped
by 30-40 per cent. Toy manufacturers and government officials cited
negative foreign press, which had exaggerated the seriousness of
safety concerns and led to questions about product quality.

Impact of tariff rebate policy change
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6. (U) According to a spokesman for the Canton Fair, the recent
tariff rebate policy change also had a negative impact on garments,
footwear, toys and motorcycles. Garment orders fell 8.8 per cent
from the previous Fair to USD 3.02 billion; footwear orders were
down 9.2 per cent to USD 1 billion; toys were down 10 per cent to
USD 960 million; and motorcycles, 30.7 per cent to USD 290 million.
The spokesman went on to say that general textiles, furniture, and
suitcase orders were unaffected by the changes to tariff rebates,
with increases of 6.1 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 10.2 per cent,
respectively.

More IPR Violations Verified
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7. (U) There were 877 IPR complaints against exhibitors at the fair
(up 17.9 per cent); 595 of them involved 876 companies (up 18.1 per
cent). Five Chinese firms were found to have violated IPR policies
for the second straight session; as a result, these companies have
been disqualified from exhibiting at the next six consecutive
sessions of the Canton Fair (a total of three years).

Increasing Attention to Foreign Imports
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8. (SBU) This Fair, like the 101st, featured an exhibition area for
foreign importers who sought orders from local Chinese firms. The
import pavilion area expanded by 50 per cent in this session and
attracted 480 enterprises from 57 countries and regions; data on
import deal totals is not currently available. Canton Fair
organizers also invited foreign consulates in Guangzhou to make
presentations on importing to China; five Consulates General in
Guangzhou participated -- the United States, United Kingdom,
Australia, France and Korea (reftel).

GOLDBERG

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