June 7, 2019 / 2:17 PM / a month ago

China's Xi says world's multilateral trade system must be protected

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a Russian-Chinese energy and business forum on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Friday for world powers to protect the global multilateral trade system and said it was important to find a solution to trade disputes despite disagreements.

Speaking at the St Petersburg economic forum, Xi said China supported globalization and described it as a historical trend that remained intact.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Polina Ivanova

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