May 14, 2017 / 6:30 AM / in a year

China says to import $2 trillion in products from Belt & Road countries over five years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will import $2 trillion worth of products from countries participating in its Belt and Road initiative over the next five years, Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said at a summit on the program.

People listen to Chinese President Xi Jinping speak during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

He also said China will promote free trade talks and push forward with negotiations to form the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a China-backed trading pact.

Reporting by Elias Glenn; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by Randy Fabi

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