BEIJING — China will pursue and accelerate its policy of opening the nation to the outside world, Premier Zhao Ziyang said in Beijing's first top-level policy statement since anti-Chinese rioting broke out in Tibet this month.
"The 13th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will comprehensively accelerate reforms and the open-door policy," Zhao said in the statement published Monday.
The congress will elect a new leadership "more revolutionary, younger on average, better educated and professionally more competent," Zhao said in the statement, quoted by the party newspaper People's Daily. Zhao made the remarks at Sunday's welcoming banquet for Hungarian leader Janos Kadar.
"His statements are significant but not entirely surprising as China has invested a lot of international prestige in its open-door policy," a Western diplomat commented.