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.
Two women jailed in China after getting into a row over a fake pair of Gucci flip-flops claim they were "drugged and tortured" by officials.
Clothing importer, Esther Jubril-Badmos from Enfield was visiting a supplier in Ghangzhou with and Mary Idowu who lives in Hackney. Esther claims a fight broke out after she refused to buy the shoes, because she thought they were fake.
Chinese enterprise ABP has announced that the company will establish its global headquarters in London. The HQ will have the capacity to manage and operate more than £20 billion worth of projects and assets around the world.
The Mayor of London welcomed the move, which follows a £1bn deal between the developer and City Hall to transform east London’s Royal Albert Dock site into the capital’s next business district creating 20,000 new jobs for the area.