EXECUTIVE Vice-Premier Mr Zhu Rongji has said China does not have serious problems on human rights and claims it has a better record than many other countries. Speaking at the end of his visit to Canada, he said talks with Canadian officials on a range of issues including human rights had reduced misunderstanding between the two sides. Mr Zhu stressed that both parties had adopted a pragmatic attitude towards listening to the views of the other side. Mr Zhu is the most senior official to visit Canada since the June 4 crackdown. After leaving Canada, he arrived in Mexico yesterday. Talks on human rights issues had not brought about an ''unhappy situation'', he said. ''China does not have any serious problems with human rights. I cannot see those countries who are promoting human rights have a better record than ours. That can be proved by facts,'' Mr Zhu said. Proclaiming his eight-day visit a success, Mr Zhu said he was optimistic about Sino-Canadian relations. ''A reporter asked me today if I have untied the knot [between China and Canada] and I said 'It has just about [been untied]' . . . Our team was welcome by everybody wherever we went.'' While Mr Zhu had met protests from groups seeking Tibetan independence, he generally got a warm reception from the Chinese communities in Vancouver and Toronto and tickets for a banquet featuring Mr Zhu last Sunday sold out early. At a large-scale reception in Toronto before his departure, the former Shanghai mayor maintained the present inflation rate in China was ''acceptable and within our control''. He said the overall economy was not overheated although there was excessive capital construction. The total of fixed asset investment had shot up by 70 per cent in the first quarter of this year. But the Chinese Government had been taking measures to control the scale of infrastructure plans, he said. The rate of 12.8 per cent growth of the gross national product last year had not been too high and should not cause any surprise. Taking into account that China had followed a three-year economic retrenchment programme which ended in 1991, Mr Zhu said it was a logical trend that the pace of growth had been faster in the past two years. Pledging to improve the economy, he said: ''I lost a lot of hair when I was mayor of Shanghai. And when I became vice-premier my grey hair increased. But I will be happy to be bald if our economy can develop upward.'' Western analysts said specially given premier Mr Li Peng's month-long absence from public view, the high profile that Mr Zhu had received in the West could consolidate his position as the country's next head of government.