Birmingham Airport has lost out to Manchester in securing direct scheduled flights to China, ITV News Central can exclusively reveal.Read the full story ›
Birmingham Airport is to become a sister airport to Guangzhou Baiyun International in China.
It's all part of strengthening the city's ties with China.
It comes after the recent announcement that the first non stop charter flights from Birmingham to Beijing will start this summer.
The first tourist flight from China to Birmingham has landed.
It is one of three flights and the only direct route outside of London.
It has been made possible by the new runway extension at Birmingham Airport. If the route proves popular the airport says a permanent flight could be scheduled.
The first-ever direct tourist flight from China to Birmingham is due to land this morning.
It is one of three flights chartered by China Southern, the Chinese equivalent of Thomas Cook, and has been made possible by the new runway extension.
If it proves popular, it could mean the scheduling of a permanent flight route.
Rolls Royce has won a £17 million contract to supply China’s energy infrastructure. It will supply PetroChina with equipment and services to expand the flow of natural gas through the Lunnan-Tulufan branch of the second West to East Pipeline Project.
The deal has been signed while the prime minister is on a trade mission to China. More than £5.6 billion worth of deals creating more than 1,500 UK jobs have been signed between UK and Chinese firms during the visit.
The University of Nottingham is to set up an institute in China, for the purpose of training financial specialists.
The University, which has long-standing links with China since opening a campus there a decade ago, is to work with Guangdong University in the south of the country.
China's leadership said the country may invest in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.
Speaking after talks with David Cameron on the first day of the Prime Minister's visit to China, Premier Li Keqiang said the two sides had agreed to "push for breakthroughs" on nuclear power and high-speed rail.
Mr Li said, "The Chinese side is willing to not only participate but also purchase equities and stocks in UK nuclear power projects, and the UK side is open to this idea."
Speaking ahead of his visit last week, Mr Cameron said, "In terms of HS2, I very much welcome Chinese investment into British infrastructure".
The Chief Executive of Jaguar Land Rover will meet with David Cameron in Beijing today, where they will officially open JLR's training academy.
The Midlands-based carmaker is also set to announce they will sell 100,000 cars to Chinese dealerships in the next year - an increase of 25%.
Celebrations to welcome in the Chinese New Year have been taking place across the Midlands.
As part of the festivities, people got to watch Dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations and music.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, says that weather hasn't washed the smiles off faces at the Chinese New Year celebration in Birmingham.
Welcoming in the Year of the snake, revellers packed out the city's Arcadian Centre for an afternoon of festivities.
Celebrations are expected to go on into this evening.