SHANGHAI, China – For the third time since the election of US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stepped onto the global scene to repeat his rhetoric against protectionism and promote his country as an advocate of international openness and cooperation.

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However, many large Western nations are generally less enthusiastic. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no person appeared on a list of 18 heads of state who would attend the Expo at the invitation of Xi. While 180 US companies have signed up to the Expo, the Trump government is reportedly not sending high-level government officials.

Reuters and CNBC's Huileng Tan contributed to the report.

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