Chinese President Hu Jintao has called on major economies to ensure trade and energy stability in order to promote a balanced world economy.

Mr. Hu spoke Saturday in Beijing, where he opened the start of a two-day meeting of top finance officials from 20 countries.

He urged countries to create a "sound trading environment for economic growth." He also said major powers should make concerted efforts to stabilize the global energy market.

The so-called Group of 20 is made up of larger developing countries and rich nations, including the United States. The meeting is being held at a time of trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.

Some critics accuse China of manipulating its currency to give Chinese exports an unfair price advantage on world markets.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.