GUANGZHOU -- The latest China Import and Export Fair, a biannual event widely seen as an indicator of China's trade activity going forward, was a mixed bag. It showed signs that Chinese exports are on the mend, but a full-scale recovery remains a long way off due to structural problems.
The event, known as Canton Fair, is the largest trade fair in China. It has been held twice a year since 1957. Every spring and fall, some 200,000 foreign buyers descend on Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, southern China, to attend the event.