The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has outlined why he believes the Asian economy should invest in London during a speech at Peking University.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has praised the move to simplify and speed up visa applications for Chinese nationals as a "welcome step forward".
Mr Johnson, who is also on a trade visit to China, said he was pleased the Government had listened to him on simplifying the visa system for Chinese people.
He said: "I'm pleased that the Government has listened to the many voices, mine included, who have called repeatedly for a streamlining and simplification of the Chinese visa system.
"The move will hopefully encourage ever greater numbers of Chinese tourists to London. We should be doing everything we can to drive Chinese visitors to our capital."
Boris Johnson has this morning addressed students at Peking University as part of his week-long tour to promote foreign investment in London.
The mayor was joined for the speech at the University by the Chancellor, George Osborne.
This afternoon Mr Johnson will meet his counterpart, the Mayor of Beijing and the boss of Wanda Group, who part funded the development of the Nine Elms area in Battersea. He'll also visit a Beijing Hutong and will conclude Day 2 of his trip with a dinner at the Chinese Entrepreneurs Club.
The Mayor showed off one of London's "Boris bikes" in Beijing, joking about the cycle hire scheme being "communist".
Boris Johnson has previously joked about his desire to be the "lead singer of an international rock group", and today he got a chance to show off his skill on the drums.
He played alongside businessman Lord Sassoon, as he toured the Great British Brands festival at China's largest shopping mall.
The Mayor is in Beijing on a mission to drum up trade for London.
Chinese students are attracted to London because of its weather, its French restaurants, and its "beautiful communist bicycles", Boris Johnson joked as he kicked off a visit to China.
Fresh from a 9-hour overnight flight, the London Mayor began the six-day trade mission being mobbed by crowds in Beijing's trendy 798 art district before a speech where he launched the first official Chinese language website promoting London.
At the lively pop-up event in a former factory, now converted to gallery space, Mr Johnson joked about the "communist" Barclays Cycle Hire scheme and claimed London's "polychromatic" diverse nature meant foreign students picked studying in the capital over going to the United States.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun today signed a special Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities to exchange key information on science, technology and environmental issues, helping to drive improvements.
Shared areas of interest will include greener electric bus fleets, measures to tackle air quality and energy efficiency programmes. The unprecedented agreement underlines the already close working relationship the two leading global cities have enjoyed since signing a partnership agreement in 2006.
New figures show London's thriving green economy has bucked national trends and continued to grow over the last five years with over 9,200 green businesses employing over 163,500 people.
Boris Johnson today launched www.london.cn,the official Chinese-language website for London, in the first public event of his trade mission to China.
The site will be the definitive resource for prospective tourists and students, giving accurate and trustworthy advice and information to 600 million Chinese-speaking internet users, in a year when London is set to break records again for Chinese visitors.
The Mayor landed in Beijing just hours earlier. As well as Beijing, his six day trip will see him visiting Shanghai and Hon gKong. The Mayor wants to forge closer ties with China, now the world’s second largest economy, worth an estimated $8.2 trillion.