July 14 (AP): Britain’s visiting foreign secretary called for greater autonomy and human rights in Tibet, while his counterpart said their differences over the issue will not have an ill effect on ties.
William Hague was making his first official visit to China as foreign secretary and told reporters the main purpose of his trip was to strengthen bilateral trade that reached $39.1 billion last year.
Hague also noted during a news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that London has “long-standing human rights concerns” about Tibet, the traditionally Buddhist region in far western China.
“We want to see long-term stability for Tibet, which in our view implies work on human rights and greater autonomy,” Hague said.
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