Chinese President Xi Jinping said that globalisation and economic integration were 'the general trend' during a signing-in ceremony at the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qingdao on Sunday. The Chinese leader also stressed the SCO's opposition to 'protectionism.' «We are going to firmly maintain the authority and effectiveness of WTO as well as united, open... Еще, inclusive, fair and non-discriminatory multilateral trade,» Xi said. SCO leaders signed the Qingdao Declaration and agreements on security and economic cooperation, as well as deals on citizen exchange. This year's two-day summit marks the 18th edition and includes Pakistan and India as full members after they joined at Astana 2017. The summit takes place from June 9 -10.