March 23, 2020 / 5:23 PM / 11 days ago

UK's Johnson and China's Xi agree on need to support global economy

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 22, 2020. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work through the G20 to support the global economy and vulnerable countries during the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson’s office said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister and President agreed on the wider need for ongoing international cooperation, particularly through the G20, to share expertise, support the global economic system and strengthen the ability of vulnerable countries to tackle the virus,” a spokesman said.

“The two leaders resolved to work to ensure knowledge about the most effective public health measures is shared between countries.

Reporting by William James, editing by Andy Bruce

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