China’s Xi Says Country Will Speed Up Trade Talks with EU, Japan and South Korea



Evelyn Cheng | CNBC

BEIJING — In a major speech on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked up his country’s plans for playing a greater role in global trade, without mentioning ongoing tensions with the U.S.

“We will work for the early signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and speed up negotiations of the China-EU investment treaty, and the China-Japan-ROK free trade agreement,” Xi said in Mandarin, according to an official translation.

The Chinese leader was speaking via video at the opening ceremony of the third China International Import Expo, about 12 hours after U.S. presidential election polls closed. Xi did not specifically mention the U.S., with whom China has been locked in trade tensions for more than two years.

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