UK sees China as partner, not rival: Miliband
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 21:22
Beijing: UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Wednesday said Britain sees China as a partner and not a rival and London's perspective is to engage Beijing not to contain it.

"Our perspective is engagement with China, not containment of China," Miliband said interacting with students at China Foreign Affairs University before ending his four-day visit to China.

"There is new opportunity for partnership between China and the rest of the world on a range of economic, political and environmental questions where the future of China and the rest of the world are tied together," he said.

His talks with Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi focused mainly on "what Britain and China can do together," not "how we compete against each other," official Xinhua newsagency quoted him as saying.

During his visit Miliband's main focus was to veer China around to agree for UN sanctions against Iran for pursuing nuclear enrichment programme but failed to secure any firm commitment from the Chinese leaders on it.

Citing climate change as a major aspect of cooperation, Miliband said both sides agreed the EU-China relationship was going to be very important for the future.

Responding to students' questions on cooperation in fighting terrorism, Miliband said Britain and China could cooperate together to tackle the root causes of terrorism.

He noted that said both countries were trying to help the development of Pakistan, which is experiencing a series of terrorist attacks.

Earlier in the day, Miliband also co-chaired the strategic dialogue between the two countries with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

Elevating the strategic dialogue mechanism as a "meaningful event" Dai said the mechanism was an important channel for the two nations to make in-depth communication and have candid discussion on strategic issues in bilateral and international relations.

"This will help us to increase mutual trust and respect, and to promote the stable and healthy growth of China-Britain ties," Dai said.

Miliband said the dialogue between the two nations "had always been strategic," and he was vary glad to see the elevation of the dialogue mechanism.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 21:22

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