China must be more diplomatically engaged and exert influence in dealing with global problems such as those in Africa, Britain’s foreign minister said on Thursday, adding Beijing also should not fear domestic political reform.
Calling China a “strategic partner”, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett praised its recent economic development, which has lifted millions out of poverty, and said the world needed a strong, stable China.
“I know that outside interest in China’s domestic affairs will always be a sensitive issue,” Beckett told an audience at the Central Party School, where China trains its future leaders.
“So let me make it plain: in a globalising world of interdependent states, the success of China is good for the world, and its failure would harm us all,” she added. [Full Text]