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Former UK envoy optimistic about China's future

Updated: 2013-03-18 07:56
By Cecily Liu and Zhang Chunyan in London ( China Daily)

China's new leadership is expected to bring reforms and modernization, said Anthony Galsworthy, former British ambassador to China.

"Economically, politically and socially, there's a lot to be done. I have a good deal of confidence that the new leader is the man to do it," Galsworthy, who served as British ambassador to China from 1997 to 2002, told China Daily in an interview in London on Thursday.

One example of reform he believes is important to China's sustainable development is reducing reliance on the export sector, and another is to encourage stronger growth from privately owned businesses. "I think China has to move from being an export-oriented economy to a consumer-oriented economy. I think they have to do more to encourage and build the private sector, and beat down some of the monopolies," Galsworthy said.

Former UK envoy optimistic about China's future