China’s President Xi Casts Country as Guardian of Globalization

Peace and Freedom

He opened a two-day summit with speech portraying China as a force for stability

Xi Jinping said China remains committed to free trade. Here, a journalist takes a photo of a live feed of Mr. Xi’s speech.
Xi Jinping said China remains committed to free trade. Here, a journalist takes a photo of a live feed of Mr. Xi’s speech.PHOTO: GREG BAKER/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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Updated May 14, 2017 9:55 a.m. ET

BEIJING—China is using a forum to promote infrastructure-building across a swath of the globe in a bid to reshape the geopolitical world order.

Opening a two-day meeting with leaders from 29 countries and officials from dozens more on hand, President Xi Jinping said Sunday his plan to knit Asia, Europe and Africa more closely through infrastructure will require going beyond economic and financial arrangements. To ensure success, he said, countries should give up old alliances and create a new international security framework.

Mr. Xi portrayed China as a committed free trader and…

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