Xi's speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, followed an address from President Donald Trump. Trump similarly called for economic openness, but struck a harsh tone against countries he deemed guilty of "chronic trade abuses."
Xi praised many of the results of an increasingly connected world.
"Over the last few decades, economic globalization has contributed significantly to global growth. Indeed, it has become an irreversible historical trend," Xi said, according to a provided translation.
"In pursuing economic globalization, we should make it more open, more inclusive, more balanced, more equitable and more beneficial to all," the Chinese leader told the gathering of political and business leaders.
Xi is attending the APEC meeting fresh out of last month's 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress during which he consolidated power at the top of the political totem pole. In the last year, he has also sought to market the world's second-largest economy as the flag bearer of free trade — despite the fact that many elements of China's economy are not open.