May 15, 2017 / 11:07 AM / 2 months ago

China's Belt and Road communique pushes open trade centred on WTO

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri attend the Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China.Lintao Zhang/Pool

BEIJING (Reuters) - Leaders at China's Belt and Road summit on Monday agreed to promote a rules-based, open and multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation at its core, according to the summit communique.

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The 30 heads of states who signed the document, including China, said that they recognized the challenges the world economy faced and welcomed the initiative to improve connectivity between Asia and Europe.

It was important to expanding trade and investment based on a level playing field, they said.

The countries also encouraged all signatories of the Paris climate change agreement to fully implement the accord.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Nick Macfie

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