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Jun 23, 2022 04:03 AM
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Xi Jinping Slams Sanctions as ‘Double-Edged Sword’ Hurting World Economy

What’s new: Chinese President Xi Jinping called for strengthening macroeconomic policy coordination to overcome the global economic crisis and urged developed countries to pursue responsible economic policies and avoid a serious spillover impact on developing countries.

In a speech kicking off the BRICS Business Forum Wednesday, Xi criticized sanctions as a “double-edged sword” and called for upholding the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at the core, removing trade, investment and technological barriers and building an open world economy.

Without naming any country, Xi said “politicizing, instrumentalizing and weaponizing the world economy using a dominant position in the global financial system to wantonly impose sanctions would only hurt others as well as hurting oneself, leaving people around the world suffering.”

Amid a pandemic-driven economic downturn and geopolitical tensions, the world faces choices of which path it should follow—peace or war, progress or regression, openness or isolation, cooperation or confrontation, Xi said.

The Ukraine crisis sounded an alarm to the world: Expansion of military alliances and seeking one’s own security at the expense of the security of others are bound to create a security dilemma, Xi said.

The background: The BRICS group includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The virtual summit, which Beijing is hosting, is set to bring together Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 1,000 officials and business representatives from the five counties.

The summit will be under theme of “fostering high-quality BRICS partnership and ushering in a new era for global development.”

After the opening ceremony, the summit will hold five symposiums to discuss the world economic recovery, green transformation, digital economy, health cooperation and enhancing the resilience of the global supply chain.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use. To read the full story in Chinese, click here.

Contact reporter Denise Jia (huijuanjia@caixin.com) and editor Bob Simison (bob.simison@caixin.com)

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