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Forest City receives the convoy of China-ASEAN Journalists Rally and CAITA

GELANG PATAH, 25th September, 2019: A convoy of sport utility vehicles (SUV) arrived in Forest City here today, as part of the 2019 China-ASEAN International Touring Assembly (CAITA) and the China-ASEAN Journalist Rally.

The convoy comprising 81 SUVs and a total of 161 participants, will make their way to the finish line in Singapore after a three-day-two-night’s stay in Forest City.

Johor Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar welcomed the convoy to Forest City the iconic landmark development, which serves as a bridge to strengthen bilateral relations and cultural ties.

Mohd Khuzzan said in his speech that the Johor government greatly appreciates China-ASEAN sports general administration and Guangxi sports bureau for bringing the event to the state for the third time, and was looking for future collaborations.

“Forest City has always been a strong supporter of cultural events and the arrival of this delegation bears testimony to the strong friendship that exists between China and Johor.”

“Events related to sports and culture brings people of different nationalities together, and in spite of the ongoing trade war, Malaysia is still a partner of China as we believe that a cultural exchange can benefit both countries,” he said.

Mohd Khuzzan named the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, the Ancient Chinese Temple and the Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk as some of the places of interest for the participants and tourists to visit in Johor.

At today’s event, the results for the top three teams and best woman driver as well as overall winner were announced, as Forest City was the last stop for the convoy in Malaysia who had started their 5,000km race from Nanning, China, on Sept 11.  The participants who had stopped by Penang and Kuala Lumpur, are expected to arrive in Singapore on September 28.    

This year’s event themed “promoting construction of the Land-Sea Trade Corridor,” which complements the development of the Belt and Road initiative, is into its 13th year.

It is co-organised by General administration of Sports of China, Guangxi Province Government, MiTime Sports and ASEAN Secretariat. 

MiTime Sports, a subsidiary of Mingtai Investment Development Group, is a key promoter of outdoor sports and motorsport culture. Among the events the company has organised include China Yachting League, Ningbo International Marathon, F4 Championship, China Formula Grand Prix, Police Car Championship, Mulan Classic and Geely Super Cup.

This is the first time CAITA has mapped a route encompassing the borders of the Western Land-Sea Trade corridor. The teams that are taking part in the race were flagged off from Nanning and had passed through Qinzhou, Fanchenggang and Jingxi.  They had exited China through Pingxiang Youyi Port and and will be passing through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Those present were Yang Guangyu, deputy director-general of the administrative centre of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of the State Sports General Administration, Lu Yi Wen, deputy director-general of Guangxi Sports Bureau and Commander of the Rally, Dong Hongyuan, deputy director of organising committee of CAITA and China-ASEAN Journalists Rally, who is also the deputy director of Youth Sports section of Guangxi Sports Administration.

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