President Xi Jinping has promised to open China's market wider as he opened a trade fair meant to promote the country's image as an importer, but he offered no response to USA and European complaints about technology policy and curbs on foreign business.
Mr Xi's speech on Monday kicked off China's week-long worldwide import expo, which had more than 3,600 companies and 170 countries and regions participating, according to the event website.
While Uhuru said the trade expo provides a platform for more win-win partnerships, his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jingping said his country would take proactive measures to correct the trade imbalance between Kenya and China.
Xi hit back against President Donald Trump's "America First" policies Monday with some of his most pointed language yet, denouncing "law of the jungle" and "beggar-thy-neighbor" trade practices.
The expo has been met with some foreign scepticism, with Washington snubbing the gathering by not sending high-level representation, instead calling on China to change "unfair" trade practises.More news: Raptors’ Serge Ibaka replicates feat last accomplished by Tim Duncan in 2006
Trump has announced boosted tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods, while China has countered with $110 billion in tariffs on USA products.
He said, "Multilateralism and the free trade system is under attack, factors of instability and uncertainty are numerous, and risks and obstacles are increasing".
The US and European Union business lobbies in China, and the French and German ambassadors to Beijing, last week called on China to use the expo to announce concrete change, saying it too often fails to deliver on promises.
China imported $1.84 trillion of goods in 2017, up 16 per cent, or $255 billion, from a year earlier.
Xi said China would "step up" efforts to stimulate imports, lower tariffs, ease customs clearance procedures, and implement harsh punishments for intellectual property infringements, though he was light on specifics. Nearly half of companies surveyed in June by the European Chamber of Commerce in China said they missed out on business opportunities due to regulatory barriers or market access restrictions, and they expected obstacles to increase during the next five years.More news: Newlyweds die in helicopter crash leaving their wedding
Presidents or prime ministers from 17 countries were set to attend the expo, ranging from Russian Federation and Pakistan to the Cook Islands, though none from major Western nations.
China is hosting the first ever import expo that is attended by participants from over 130 countries among them Kenyan horticultural farmers and traders.
"For my understanding, it's the greatest challenge for China". Government ministers from several other countries were also coming, but no senior USA officials were set to attend. The Swiss government said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday that his visit had never been confirmed, and that Secretary of State Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch would represent Switzerland.
"As globalization deepens, the practices of law of jungle and victor take all are a dead end", Xi told the gathering in Shanghai, which featured more than 3,600 companies from 172 countries, regions and organizations. From the United States, some 136 exhibitors will attend, including Google, Dell Inc, Ford and General Electric.
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