Xi to G-20: Let's have more action than talk

President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Sept 4, 2016.
President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Sept 4, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

The Group of 20 leaders' summit is under way in coastal Hangzhou city, with the aim of coordinating policies among global economies and finding new growth drivers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country is hosting the G-20 summit for the first time, called for concrete actions to tackle global challenges such as sluggish demand and financial market volatility when he opened the meeting yesterday.

"We should turn the G-20 group into an action team, instead of a talk shop," he told leaders from the world's 20 major economies and guests, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2016, with the headline 'Xi to G-20: Let's have more action than talk'. Print Edition | Subscribe