What role does the West play on the world stage?
The British Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK still had "deeply-held concerns" over human rights, in his speech to students in China. Should western countries speak out on the affairs of non-western states?
On Tuesday, Mr Cameron brought up the issue of human rights during talks with the Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao. Acknowledging British society was "not perfect", the prime minister insisted he was claiming no "moral superiority".
On a visit to the world's largest Muslim nation US President Barack Obama has held up Indonesia as an example of how a developing nation can embrace democracy and diversity. He also emphasised that the US was not at war with Islam.
Analysts say it is Mr Obama's biggest attempt to engage the Islamic world since a speech in Cairo last year.
Should western leaders comment on the affairs of other countries? How influential are their speeches? How important is it for the UK and the US to reach out to non-western countries? Which countries do you think embrace democracy and diversity?
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