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China must modernise before boosting global role: Official

Published on Jan 26, 2013 7:41 PM

DAVOS (AFP) - China's new leadership will focus on modernising the country before it increases Beijing's role in international affairs, a top official told the Davos forum on Saturday.

Senior Chinese planning official Zhang Xiaoqiang told economic and business leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort that the whole world would benefit if China completed its development programme.

"I think that the new leader of the Chinese government and the Communist Party has emphasised the strategic agenda for China in the future is to realise the modernisation of China," Mr Zhang told the World Economic Forum.

"And of course for the largest developing country itself, modernisation must be a great contribution for the human beings' progress and development," said Mr Zhang, a deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission.

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