Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum

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Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to further opening up China’s markets as he sought to portray the country as a leading defender of globalisation.

His pledges were made in a speech to the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday, which was delivered against a backdrop of rising trade tensions with the United States, and it was widely hoped that his remarks would help to calm tensions.  

Xi made no direct reference to U.S. President Donald Trump in his address, but invoked various Chinese sayings and metaphors to deliver a strong defence of China’s economic openness and commitment to further reforms. Here the major takeaways from his speech, which was covered live here.

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