The Mayor of London has visited the 'forbidden city' in Beijing as part of his official trade tour of China. Boris Johnson is hoping to encourage billions of pounds of investment in the capital from Chinese businesses.
One such company is ABP, which is redeveloping the capital's Royal Albert Dock. Today the firm's boss told ITV News that the money coming from China was good for British society. Our China Correspondent Angus Walker reports.
Boris Johnson celebrated an agreement for British designer Thomas Heatherwick to build two Beijing underground stations by taking a trip on the network himself. London's Mayor said Britain remained competitive internationally in creative industries, like design and fashion.
Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the cauldron that featured in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, could also be commissioned to build an entire line for Beijing's underground, which could include 15 to 20 stations.
Asked about the timing of their trips which saw the Chancellor and London Mayor in China at the same time, Mr Johnson joked with Beijing students that they were like a "pair of harmonious doves".
The London Mayor was asked who was in charge and he replied: "We are representing our country. It's a nest of singing birds is how I would describe it. It's total harmony, there's probably some Chinese expression that completely perfectly culminates it."
The Chancellor intervened: "The yin and the yang."
Mr Johnson then turned to a Chinese student, asking: "The yin and the yang. What do you say for a harmonious, sounds like one of those Chinese fireworks, a harmonious dove or something like that? A pair of harmonious doves. What is that in Chinese?"
After she looked back blankly, Mr Osborne said: "I think she likes the yin and yang comparatively."
Boris Johnson is meeting high-powered investors this afternoon, including those already pumping money into London.
Current investments in the capital by Chinese companies include a £700 million 5 star hotel scheme on the South London Nine Elms site, a large stake in the company that owns Thames Water and the £500 million pound reconstruction of the Crystal Palace.
Chinese companies are also backing the billion pound Chinese business district planned in the Docklands and have a £450 million stake in the holding company that owns Heathrow Airport.