May 14, 2017 / 2:02 AM / 2 months ago

China's Xi says free trade important engine for development

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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (not pictured) ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China May 13, 2017.Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that free trade is an important engine for development as he opened a summit on China's new Silk Road plan.

The world economy needs new drivers for development, Xi added.

Reporting by Brenda Goh and Yawen Chen; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Randy Fabi

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