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China seeks Davos praise but faces criticism over tech control

A 'reassuring' message met with warning of 'new type' of authoritarianism

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, right, talks with Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum at its annual meeting in Davos on Jan. 21. (Photo by World Economic Forum/Ciaran McCrickard)

DAVOS, Switzerland -- For Klaus Schwab, founding chairman of the World Economic Forum, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng's speech delivered on Tuesday was "reassuring" on where the country was heading.

China will open its door still wider to the world, the Politburo Standing Committee member told the audience. "Despite the protectionist and unilateral moves by some countries, China will not stop pursuing higher-quality opening-up, and will not follow their footsteps to move in the opposite direction of globalization."

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