Thursday, April 03, 2008

Prime Minister's Comment on China at News Conference in Bucharest Today

I would continue to urge China to respect human rights and peaceful protest, not just in Tibet but everywhere.

And I would also encourage the government of China to understand that its growing wealth, its growing profile in the world and of course the profile of the Olympics will put a greater and greater spotlight on its record in this regard.

International concerns about China's handling of recent unrest in Tibet will only escalate if things don't change.

My strong advice would be to take these concerns seriously because I think they are likely to grow rather than diminish if we see a repetition of the current pattern.

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