China had been on the receiving end of trade protectionism since 2008, so it knows enough to oppose such measures, one of China's top economic researchers told CNBC.
"After the global financial crisis, we found that many countries had adopted some kind of trade protection measure, and China, as the biggest trading country, saw most of the protectionism against China. So we don't like protectionism," Long Guoqiang, vice president of the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), said Saturday from the China Development Forum in Beijing.
Long claimed that the world's second largest economy took a different approach, and "liberalized the markets for trade and foreign investments" and discussed ways to promote international cooperation.
Some, Long said, have wrongly attributed economic and social problems to globalization, which is why anti-free trade sentiment in advanced countries has been growing.