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China's rise is opportunity for world

By Cecily Liu (China Daily)

15:04, February 19, 2012

Chinese and foreign economists discuss during the China Development Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in London, Britain, Feb. 18, 2012. The annual forum, in its fourth year, focuses on the economic reform and financial market development in China this year. (Xinhua/Xiang Mei)

London - China's development is an opportunity for the world, Cong Peiwu, Chinese Minister Counselor to the UK said on Saturday.

Cong's remarks opened the third China Development Forum, an annual conference organized by the China Development Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

China's rise will be peaceful, said Cong. "The commitment to peace and harmony is deeply rooted within China's traditional culture", he said.

"In our time, the trend towards prosperity and globalization is irresistible," he said, adding that China's status as the world's largest exporter and second largest importer creates opportunities for the world economy.

Cong's comments are echoed by Zhang Weiying, professor of economics at Peking University.

"Everything in China is a big market," Zhang said, explaining that China's large population now creates many non-traditional business opportunities, with China's foot message industry, wedding market and the education sector being some examples.

But Cong said that China's peaceful rise is not yet fully appreciated by the rest of the world.

"Nowadays, students in China start to learn English in primary school, and nurseries in some cities. These trends give China better exposure to the British culture and society. By contrast, Britain's understanding of China is shaped by the BBC and newspapers," Cong said.

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tom at 2012-02-24112.237.127.*
China play more important role in the world.
Nic at 2012-02-19110.159.29.*
"The commitment to peace and harmony is deeply rooted within China"s traditional culture", Cong said.Don"t forget, Chinese people believe that "Every family has a copy of difficult to recite prayers". They would not interfer with your country"s internal problems but would let you solve them yourselves.However, in recent years, China has to play a big nation"s role and is asked to shoulder some international problems which they have also done so.

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