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Foreign envoys to WTO laud China's contribution to multilateral trading system******
GENEVA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Multiple countries praised China's trading policy and its active role in supporting a multilateral trading system on Wednesday as the World Trade Organization (WTO) started the eighth trade policy review of China in Geneva, Switzerland.
Russia commends China for its important leadership role in the WTO. "We highly appreciate and share Beijing's continuous support for multilateral trading system as embodied in the WTO," the Russian delegation to WTO said in a statement.
Russia strongly supports China's efforts in combatting protectionism and emerging forms of discrimination, especially in the form of unilateral measures, the statement added.
The Saudi delegation said that China plays a leading role in the rules-based multilateral trading system and regional trade agreements (RTAs) to continue its development and growth.
China is a politically and economically significant player in global trade, said the Philippine delegation, adding that despite the COVID-19-induced economic slowdown, the Chinese economy continues to be a major driver of global growth.
The delegation of Vietnam to the WTO acknowledged China's active contribution to the WTO and the world trade through its active and consistent participation in various ongoing processes in the organization, including the discussions of WTO reform, negotiations on fisheries subsidies, among others.
Not only has China's development strategy benefitted Chinese people, but its open and unique approach of pursuing "shared prosperity" and "trade for peace" through regional connectivity has opened new channels for trade and investment, the Pakistani delegation said in a statement.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of China's accession to the WTO.
Over the past two decades, China has fully fulfilled its accession commitments, actively participated in the work of the WTO, and made great contributions to upholding the multilateral trading system, China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday. Enditem
Ecuador mourns murdered sprinter Quinonez******
QUITO, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez, a world championship bronze medalist, has been shot dead in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil, authorities said on Saturday.
The 32-year-old was one of two people shot outside a shopping center late on Friday, according to local police, who said a motive was not yet clear.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso vowed to find and punish those responsible for the killing.
"We deeply regret the painful loss of Alex Quinonez, a father, a son, and a great sprinter who left his mark on the sport," Lasso said on Twitter.
"Our sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act forcefully."
The assassination comes less than a week after the government enforced a two-month nationwide state of emergency in a bid to quell a wave of violent crime.
Official figures show that more than 1,900 people have been murdered in Ecuador this year compared to 1,400 in all of 2020.
Quinonez claimed the bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. He was suspended prior to the Tokyo Olympics due to "breach of his whereabouts obligations". Enditem
Aguero confirms retirement due to heart problem******
MADRID, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday at an emotional press conference at the Camp Nou Stadium.。
The 33-year-old was accompanied by club president Joan Laporta, while Barca coach Xavi Hernandez and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola were also in the stands as he drew the curtain on his 18-year career due to a heart complaint.。
"This conference is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football," said Aguero.。
"It's a very difficult moment, but decision that I have taken for my health, because of the problem that I had a month and a half ago."
Aguero has not played since suffering an arrythmia in Barca's game at home to Alaves on October 30. That saw him taken to hospital, while the club explained that he would be out of action for at least three months while the necessary tests were carried out to see whether he would be able to continue playing.。
"I was in the good hands of the medical staff who have done their best and have told me that the best thing would be to stop playing. So, 10 days ago I made that decision. I want to tell everyone that I did everything possible to have some hope but there wasn't very much," explained the forward, who said he was leaving with his "head held high."
The Argentinian began his career in his homeland with Independiente, making his first appearance aged just 15 years and 32 days.。
He joined Atletico Madrid in 2006, where 102 goals in 234 appearances led Manchester City to buy him in 2011, and his dramatic goal in the last minute of the last game of that season gave the club its first Premier League title.。
Aguero scored 184 league goals in 275 appearances for Manchester City, a record for a player at one Premier League club.。
Last season saw his campaign affected by injury, and when it was clear his contract would not be renewed, Aguero moved to Barcelona, but now retires after just five appearances in which he scored one goal, which was against Real Madrid. Enditem。