Thursday, July 2, 1998 Published at 06:58 GMT 07:58 UK
Clinton upbeat on China's human rights
Surfing USA: President Clinton in a Shanghai Internet cafe
On his last full day on the Chinese mainland, President Clinton has praised what he called China's moves to allow "a genuine movement toward openness and freedom" and said he hopes the process will continue.
Speaking on Chinese television, Mr Clinton said there had been a genuine increase in people's control over their lives.
He also spoke highly of the access he had been given to the Chinese media during his visit.
'Challenges of the global economy'
"For China, as for America, the promise for the future lies in helping our citizens to master the challenges of the global economy, not to deny them or run away from them," he said.
Nonetheless he received a warm welcome on a visit to the Shanghai stock exchange, as well as stopping off at a local Internet café.
Whilst in Shanghai Mr Clinton also met with local young entrepreneurs and travelled to a new housing development to visit some of the growing number of Chinese home-owners resulting from the reform of state housing policy.
On Thursday, Mr Clinton arrived in Guilin to attend events devoted to environmental problems.
He called on China and the US to increase their co-operation to combat problems of pollution and global warming. After Guilin he will fly to Hong Kong, the last stop on his nine-day visit.