British PM wants more 'political opening' in China: speech

10th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to say that he wants "greater political opening" in China in a speech Wednesday at the end of a two-day visit, according to excerpts released by his office.

"The rise in economic freedom in China in recent years has been hugely beneficial to China and to the world," Cameron was to say in the speech at Peking University.

"I hope that in time this will lead to a greater political opening."

The speech at the prestigious university, set to begin at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT), is Cameron's final engagement of a two-day trade trip to China that included meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao.

Cameron is the first Western leader to visit China since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded a month ago to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a move that angered the country's Communist rulers.

The British prime minister has faced pressure throughout his visit, which aims to secure billions of dollars of trade deals, to take a stand on human rights in cases including that of Liu.

Cameron insisted that his comments did not stem from a sense of "moral superiority."

© 2010 AFP

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