China's Xi vows to 'open wider' while defending jobs


BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping vowed to further free up China’s economy, again urging Asian countries to work closely together in a speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vietnam.

China’s President Xi Jinping claps after giving a speech on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit, in Danang, Vietnam, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/ Anthony Wallace/Pool

The comments echo Xi’s call to support a “multilateral trading system” and contrast with those delivered at the weekend by U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the regional Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and told the meeting the U.S. would pursue bilateral trade deals instead.

Xi said his government would continue to prioritize domestic employment and ensure economic development at home “supports job creation”, according to a text of his remarks published by the official Xinhua news agency late on Saturday.

“China will open still wider and its development will deliver even greater benefits to the rest of the world,” Xi told the APEC leaders.

China has created 13 million new jobs in cities and towns in recent years, Xi added.

“Economic restructuring does not have to come at the expense of employment,” Xi said. “On the contrary, stable employment would allow greater leeway for reform and development.”

(This story has been refiled to include the timing of Xinhua’s publication.)

Reporting by Matthew Miller; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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