China denies snub of trade document at B&R Forum

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/16 23:33:40

China on Tuesday denied a report that some European countries snubbed the trade proposal at the Belt and Road Forum, saying it was purely voluntary and supported by many countries and international organizations.

There was a proposal on trade connectivity at one of the six sessions at the forum, which was voluntary and that all parties were consulted, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference on Tuesday in response to a report that European nations had rebuffed a trade document during the summit.

An anonymous diplomat was quoted by AFP as saying that France, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Portugal and Britain snubbed the trade document since "it does not sufficiently address European concerns surrounding transparency of public procurement and social and environmental standards."

China presented the document to negotiators last week, telling them it could no longer be reworked, the report said.

Hua said that many countries and international organizations support the trade proposal.

The proposal has nothing to do with the joint communiqué released after the Belt and Road Forum, which was crafted after rounds of discussions in keeping with transparency and openness, and was the forum's main outcome, Hua said.

Those who participated in the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation adopted the joint communiqué on Monday.

On deepening economic and trade cooperation, the leaders agreed to uphold the multilateral trading system and work together to achieve positive outcomes at the 11th WTO ministerial conference, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, according to the joint communiqué.

Global Times


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