China: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department, PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage the development of democratic government in China.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We continue to encourage China's leaders to make the transition to more representative and accountable governance. We welcome the greater democracy at village level in China and encourage China to look positively for ways to extend this sooner rather than later. The UK will continue to support and help shape moves toward greater institutional transparency, access to and respect for the rule of law, and increased participatory governance. We firmly believe democratic reform in China must go hand in hand with economic reform.

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