Cameron urges greater political freedom in China

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged China to introduce greater political freedoms.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 19:21 PM IST

Beijing: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged China to work closely with the G20 and introduce greater political freedoms on the final day of a trade mission shadowed by human rights issues.

Cameron said Chinese cooperation with the Group of 20 on trade and currency issues would "go a long way" to stabilising the world economy, but warned of a "dangerous tidal wave of money going from one side of the globe to the other".

His speech at Peking University came on the eve of a leaders` summit for the 20 biggest rich and emerging economies in Seoul set to be dominated by trade imbalances between China and the United States, plus a looming currency war.

The British Premier -- who is understood to have raised the case of jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo with Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday -- also urged "greater political opening" on human rights in China.

Cameron is the first Western leader to visit China since Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month to the fury of Beijing and has faced pressure throughout the two-day trip to take a firm public stand on rights issues.

The speech, his final engagement in China, came following morning talks with President Hu Jintao and a visit to the Great Wall.

Cameron also called on China to play a greater role in world affairs, notably on climate change.

"China has attempted to avoid entanglement in global affairs in the past. But China’s size and global reach means that this is no longer a realistic choice," said the 44-year-old, who took office in May.

Bureau Report