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China's rise opportunity, rather than threat: ambassador


09:48, November 28, 2012

DUBLIN, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's rise is an opportunity, rather than a threat to the rest of the world, a senior Chinese diplomat said here on Tuesday.

Addressing Ireland's leading think tank the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Luo Linquan said China is the most populous developing country, and to run itself well is the most important fulfilment of its international responsibility.

"China has to feed close to 20 percent of the world's population with 7.9 percent of the world's farmland and 6.5 percent of the world's fresh water. During the last decade alone, over 67 million people from rural areas have shaken off poverty, which is equivalent to the size of the French population," he said.

Luo said China has made important contribution to the stable development of the world economy.

"Following the international financial crisis in 2008, China has taken an active part in the G20's efforts to build a global economic governance mechanism, promoted the reform of the international financial system. It has sent large overseas purchasing missions and helped countries in difficulties," he said.

The Chinese ambassador said China plays an important role in safeguarding world peace and meeting global challenge.

"China has played a constructive role in addressing international and regional hotspot problems. For instance, it calls for resolving the Korean nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and other hotspot issues through peaceful talks, and has helped to establish the Six-Party Talks mechanism on the Korean nuclear issue," he said.

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