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Africa: Human Rights

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of Chinese policy on human rights in Africa. (208908)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK recognises the growing role of China in Africa. We believe it is important for all of Africa's partners, including China, to act in ways that support the principles for sustainable development outlined in Africa's own New Partnership for Africa's Development agenda, including good governance and sound economic management.

The UK and China have initiated a dialogue covering a range of issues important to conflict prevention and development in Africa. Governance and human rights issues are discussed as part of this dialogue. There have been positive outcomes. During my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's visit to Beijing in January, Premier Wen signed up to the Millennium Development Goals Call to Action. Ministers regularly discuss African issues, such as Darfur, with their Chinese counterparts. Through the dialogue and our other bilateral contacts with China we are also working to encourage the Chinese Government to endorse the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.