China ready to play more active role in world affairs: Premier
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 17:53
Beijing: China appears ready to shed patriarch Deng Xiaoping's philosophy of keeping a low profile approach to foreign policy with Premier Wen Jiabao saying that Beijing is willing to play greater role in international affairs.

"China will shoulder more international responsibilities as it is the aspiration of the international community and in China's own interest, too," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in a joint media appearance with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso here yesterday.

Wen's remarks appeared to suggest that Chinese Communist Party leadership is ready to move away from Deng's philosophy of "hiding ambitions and disguising claws", which means keeping a low profile approach to foreign policy.

"Tao guang yang hui," the Chinese proverb often used by Deng, regarded as the architect of modern China, to follow a low key profile not to attract adverse attention.

Wen said China has made remarkable achievement in reform, but that Chinese leaders remain clear-minded about the challenges the country faces.

"We are determined to pursue reform and opening up and peaceful development and are confident in the future of the country and its people," official Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

China is dedicated to safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation system and the peace and stability of the Middle East, he said.

China will keep communicating with parties involved in the Iranian nuclear issue in a responsible and constructive manner to bring an early resolution to the issue, Wen said.

Wen's remarks were made ahead of the upcoming US-China strategic dialogue next month in which top US officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were due to participate.

With over USD two trillion in its forex kitty and holding over USD 800 billion US debt bonds, China has resisted attempts by Washington and EU to revalue its currency Yuan against dollar and back UN sanction against Iran for pursuing uranium enrichment programme.

Until now Chinese leaders played down the rise of China and allaying fears that Beijing would not over play its role as it still continue to be a developing country despite the massive development.


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 17:53

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