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President Xi Jinping called Sunday for closer cooperation across Asia and Europe in areas from anti-terrorism to finance, as leaders from 29 countries gathered to promote a Chinese trade initiative that could increase Beijing's global influence.Speaking before an audience that included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi said his government has "no desire to impose our will on others". But he called for "economic integration" and cooperation on financial regulation, anti-terrorism and security -- fields in which China's heft as the world's No. 2 economy would make it a dominant player.The "Belt and Road" is Xi's signature foreign policy initiative.The president also announced additional Chinese financing for "Belt and Road" totaling 780 billion yuan ($113 billion).The U.S. and other governments have said "Belt and Road" is a natural outgrowth of China's status as the biggest global trader and they want to work with Beijing on infrastructure.
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