US Congressman Henry Hyde says Beijing must do more for world stability Beijing is not doing enough to help resolve the world's most pressing conflicts and, in some cases, is obstructing progress, one of the United States' most influential foreign policy lawmakers said yesterday. Henry Hyde, the long-serving chairman of the House of Representatives' international relations committee and a veteran China critic, told a Hong Kong audience the mainland's growing global influence meant that it must take an increasing share of international responsibility. With nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran threatening stability, it was up to Beijing - and in its interests - to help find solutions, he said. But he believed that rather than assisting, Beijing's authorities were in some cases doing the opposite. 'China's role has fallen between offering begrudging help and doing outright harm,' Mr Hyde said at a luncheon organised by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think-tank. 'In North Korea, China possesses vastly greater influence than it modestly claims and could, if it wished, bring far greater pressure on a regime which would in all likelihood be unable to survive without China's support.' Despite repeated pressure, Beijing had put only modest pressure on North Korea, frustrating American peace efforts and leading to limited results, he said. 'The result has been to allow and even encourage a dangerous and unpredictable regime to progress in its deadly efforts,' Mr Hyde charged. 'Does the Chinese leadership genuinely believe that a nuclear-armed North Korea will never pose a threat to it?' He said that because of the mainland's thirst for fuel to propel its economic growth, it was also hindering international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 'Beijing has made clear its determination to veto any effort by the United Nations to do so,' said Mr Hyde, 80. China must change its ways as it evolved from a regional to global power, he said, but that course would be determined mostly by the nature of the political system that ultimately emerged on the mainland. 'A central fact of China's revolution is that it is becoming ever more undirected,' he said. 'Despite increasingly strenuous efforts by a once all-powerful regime to preserve its control in all areas, its reforms have released ... transforming forces that by their nature are uncontrollable. 'It is trying to preserve an authority that is increasingly overridden by the dictates of the marketplace and the plans of its increasingly autonomous citizens.'