Britain has put improvements in China at the top of a list of achievements it claims in human rights. A report released by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook yesterday claimed Britain's new approach to foreign governments was leading to improved human rights throughout the world. 'In China I got agreement to set up the UK-China dialogue on human rights, and have since pushed forward the European Union's dialogue,' Mr Cook said. The 56-page report said China's human rights record had raised widespread concern, but rapid economic growth meant the country was changing. Britain aimed to encourage change based on the rule of law. 'We express directly to the responsible ministries our concerns about such issues as arbitrary detention, frequent use of the death penalty, and constraints on religious and cultural freedoms, especially in Tibet,' the report said. 'We regularly raise the cases of individuals and have received information about all those on the EU's list.' China's response to Britain's initiatives had included greater co-operation with the UN human rights bodies, the report said. But in presenting the report, compiled by the British Foreign Office and the Department of International Development, Mr Cook said more work had to be done to bring China into line with internationally accepted standards of human rights. He hoped a visit next month by a European Union delegation to Tibet would lead to a better understanding of conditions there. Amnesty International welcomed Britain's success in opening dialogue with Beijing on human rights but warned it was too early to make a final judgment. 'What we need to look at is how many people are still being executed and how many people are being taken away and imprisoned without trial,' a spokesman said.