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Trade war

Xi vows to ease imports bans for global recovery

Chinese leader hints at online services-related cuts to negative list

China's President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the third China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Nov. 4.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Wednesday to allow technology-related imports now banned by Beijing, in a move to lift global trade hurt by protectionism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking in a video recording at the opening of the 3rd China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Xi said countries should commit to mutual opening as they faced the crisis brought by the pandemic.

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