China's President Hu Jintao expressed concern on Sunday over Europe's debt crisis and said the G20 world economic powers should work together to reassure jittery markets.
Hu said that Europe's debt crisis was "an issue of general concern" and that the other G20 members should "encourage and support efforts made by Europe to resolve it and send a signal of confidence to the market."
"Total global demand remains weak. Growth in major economies is sluggish," he warned, in an interview with the Mexican daily Reforma published on the eve of the G20 summit of the world's leading economies.
Hu was due to join other G20 leaders in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos ahead of the two-day meeting, which is expected to be dominated by the crisis in the eurozone, where states are struggling to pay their debts.
"In the current world economic environment, the G20 members should stick together in difficult times and pursue win-win cooperation," Hu said, according to a translation of the interview by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.
"In Los Cabos, I look forward to exploring with leaders of other G20 members ways to promote world economic stability, recovery and growth," he added.
Hu was expected to hold several bilateral meetings with senior world leaders, including with US President Barack Obama, on the sidelines of the summit, which begins on Monday and lasts two days.