China signals growth, not political disputes, should dominate G20

Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:46am EDT
 
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By Sue-Lin Wong and Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - China expects next month's summit of the G20 which it is hosting will focus on boosting economic growth and other financial issues rather than disputes like the South China Sea, senior officials said on Monday.

The summit of the world's 20 biggest economies in the eastern city of Hangzhou will be the highlight of President Xi Jinping's diplomatic agenda this year, and the government is keen to ensure it proceeds smoothly.

The Sept 4-5 leaders' meeting comes as clouds continue to hover over global growth prospects and worries about China's own slowing economy.

Last month's meeting of G20 policymakers was dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism.

Yi Gang, a vice governor of the People's Bank of China, said the summit will focus on how to stimulate sluggish global economic growth through open, inclusive trade and the development of robust financial markets.

"We need to instil market confidence and ensure there are no competitive devaluations but rather let the market determine exchange rates," Yi told a news briefing, adding this would be the first G20 to discuss foreign exchange markets in such detail.

The G20 will also discuss how to better monitor and respond to risks presented by global capital flows, he said.

Despite increasingly protectionist rhetoric around the world, the G20 is strongly opposed to anti-trade and anti-investment sentiment, Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said.   Continued...

 
People watch a light show for 30 day countdown of the upcoming G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, August 5, 2016. Picture taken August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer