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Boris Johnson's China trade trip cost £65,000

London Mayor Boris Johnson's trade trip to China cost over £65,000, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed.

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China trip costs 'reimbursed many times over in trade'

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London has defended criticism of the cost of Mr Johnson's October trip to China claiming the "costs have already been reimbursed many times over" in investment and trade deals.

Baroness Jenny Jones attacked the cost of the trip as "yet another trip for Boris and his boys club".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson attempted to attract investment to London on a trip to China. Credit: PA Wire

“The costs of the Mayor’s trip to China have already been reimbursed many times over in terms of deals announced by businesses he met and lobbied on the visit that will provide hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in London," a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said.

"Those deals are part of a huge wave of Chinese investment and confidence in the capital. The objective of the Mayor’s visit was to position London as the city of choice for Chinese business, tourists, entrepreneurs and students with a view to attracting the jobs and growth to London

"The objective of the Mayor’s visit was to position London as the city of choice for Chinese business, tourists, entrepreneurs and students with a view to attracting the jobs and growth to London that are already in evidence in the deals announced since the Mayor returned."

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