ISLAMABAD     -     Pakistan can make active use of the China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Canton Fair in Guangzhou and other product-specific platforms exhibitions in China to increase its foreign exchange reserves. This was stated by Muhammad Irfan, Trade and Investment Counsellor, Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou while talking to China Economic Net (CEN) on Monday. During the 19th China-ASEAN Expo, which was held from September 16 to 19, the Counsellor said, “Insufficient foreign exchange reserves has been a very serious problem for Pakistan in the past few years, especially in recent months.” Pakistan has been participating in the China-ASEAN Expo for many years. A larger Pakistan pavilion has also been on display for the last two years. Each time, about 20 or more exhibitors participate in Pakistan’s national platform and trade development. The signing of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement in 2019 allowed 313 more Pakistani products to enjoy duty-free access to the Chinese market. He added, “Despite travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, Pakistan’s exports to China have almost doubled in the past three years. Pakistan’s export to China crossed $2.40 billion in the first eight months of this year, up 6.23 percent year on year. And we still have $3 billion in potential exports to China.” The Chinese government has given preferential treatment to Pakistani products, but many Chinese consumers are curious to know what kind of products Pakistan can offer. “By building such pavilions at the expo, more Chinese people can learn about Pakistani products, which are of good quality, cost-effective, and from a friendly country to China.” the Counsellor said. The Counsellor further explained, “In the past two to three years, we have been introducing non-traditional Pakistani products like biscuits, sweets and drinks, which are also highly popular with the Chinese customers