China signals more active role in world affairs

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 1:33 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China's four-point plan for Syria is a rare foray into international mediation for the rising power, a sign that Beijing's increasingly global economic interests can trump its traditional hands-off diplomacy.

Outgoing President Hu Jintao, in his agenda-setting report this week at a Communist Party gathering to choose the coming decade's leadership, signaled China's intent to step out more on the world stage, while underlining China's uneasiness with intervention in the affairs of other countries.

While the U.N. has welcomed the plan, but there hasn't been much international discussion of it.

Observers have found it vague, and likely aimed at bolstering China's reputation following criticism of its moves to join Russia in blocking U.N. resolutions aimed at ending Syria's bloodshed, including calls for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to step down.

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