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UK and China: building a long-term relationship

Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by 6 government ministers, is leading a trade mission to China this week.

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See how the UK trade delegation is striking deals and winning business: Prime Minister’s trade mission to China 2013

Meetings and announcements

The British business delegation has struck deals worth £5.6 billion on the trip. Other news and announcements include:

Over the course of the 3 day visit, Prime Minister David Cameron will:

  • hold meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang
  • meet with Chinese investors and showcase British businesses
  • engage with Chinese students and civil society representatives
The Prime Minister gives a speech at the British Business Embassy in Beijing
The Prime Minister gives a speech at the British Business Embassy in Beijing

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Priorities for the visit

The visit is focused on:

  • building a long-term relationship between Britain and China based on mutual understanding and respect for mutual benefit
  • partnership - an open Britain is the ideal partner for an opening China
  • tackling 21st century challenges, from sustainable urbanisation to educating the next generation to meeting the elderly’s healthcare needs

Linking Britain to fast growing markets like China is a vital part of the government’s plan to secure the recovery for all. We are determined to do all we can to throw open the door for British companies to benefit from China’s vast and varied markets, showcasing British business, particularly small enterprises, in China and highlighting investment opportunities.

Read more about how we are growing the UK economy.

This visit is about planting the seeds of a long-term relationship which will benefit China, Britain and the world for generations to come.

The Prime Minister in discussion with President Xi Jinping
The Prime Minister in discussion with President Xi Jinping

The delegation

The ministers in China with the Prime Minister are:

A range of business leaders also join the Prime Minister on the visit.

Business delegation to China

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Published 1 December 2013
Last updated 3 December 2013 + show all updates
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