China to attend 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva

China to attend 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva

The photo taken on July 15, 2020 shows the exterior view of the World Trade Organization WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. PHOTO XINHUA BEIJING - China's Commerce Minister Wang Wentao will be at the 12th Ministerial Conference MC 12 of the World Trade Organization in Geneva from June 12 to 15, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Commerce, Shu Jueting.

Economic globalization has been hit with headwinds in recent years, and unilateralism and protectionism have been on the rise, undermining the authority and effectiveness of the WTO, Shu told a press conference.

All members want to see the WTO resume normal operations at an early date and push its rules to keep pace with the times, Shu said.

The spokesperson said that China will work to promote WTO reform in the right direction, and support the inclusive development of the multilateral trading system, as well as the legitimate rights and interests of developing members.

China will firmly uphold multilateralism, promote MC 12 to achieve positive and pragmatic results, and let the WTO play a greater role in coping with global challenges and promoting post-epidemic economic recovery, Shu said.