Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Monday praised China for facilitating economic and trade cooperation at a time of growing protectionism and an ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington.
She said China had built a "bridge" 40 years ago when it started opening up its economy, and was building one again now with its structural reforms, seeking to move away from an exports-based model to one based on domestic consumption.
Lagarde also called for efforts to alleviate current trade disputes, in a reference to the US-China trade war, and urged countries to work toward repairing the economic system instead of destroying it.
A better business environment would lead to a better international environment, added Lagarde.
The Expo, that is being attended by more than 3,000 companies from 130 countries, will conclude on Saturday.
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