A booming border trade hub: Guangxi targets 7-pct GDP growth in 2019

NANNING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday said its GDP grew by 6.8 percent year on year in 2018, citing preliminary estimates.


Farmers work in terraced fields in Guizhou, Guangxi Province, April 30, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Its GDP growth target this year was set at about 7 percent, said Chen Wu, chairman of the autonomous regional government, while delivering the regional government work report at the opening meeting of the annual session of the regional People's Congress.

The mountainous region of Guangxi has the largest ethnic minority population in China.

In recent years, Guangxi has been reshaping its image from an economic backwater to a booming border trade hub, drawing strength from its proximity to Southeast Asia.