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Xi vows greater access to Chinese market as trade slows

China's leader reiterates intention to join CPTPP at Shanghai trade expo opening

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech via video at the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China will allow greater market access and share opportunities with all countries, President Xi Jinping said on Friday, following a sharp slowdown of external trade and ongoing tensions with major economies.

In an address via video to open the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Xi called on the world to commit to openness amid what he deemed "accelerated changes unseen in a century."

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