PM: £5.6bn deals agreed during China trip

David Cameron has claimed £5.6 billion in business deals have been agreed between the UK and China during his three-day trip to the country.

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Premier says China may invest in HS2 rail project

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.

Prime Minister David Cameron with China's Premier Li Keqiang. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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".

David Cameron signs agreements on China trade trip

David Cameron has met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing and oversaw the signing of 10 agreements in areas from legal assistance to space exploration.

David Cameron and China's Premier Li Keqiang shake hands following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Credit: Reuters

The agreements included a treaty on legal assistance in criminal matters, a pact on space exploration cooperation, and agreements on enhancing bilateral investment and developing China’s use of gas.

David Cameron at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Credit: Reuters

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Cameron enjoys bamboo fungus meal on China trip

David Cameron held talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a banquet as he arrived in Beijing with a large British trade delegation. Here is what was on the menu for the Prime Minister:

  • Creamy mushroom soup
  • Beef steak of Chinese style
  • Bamboo fungus with green veg
  • Boiled sea bass

And for dessert:

  • Pumpkin cream with sago
  • Pastries
  • Fruits

The meal was served with Chinese wine.

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PM's China trip kicks off with Premier League deal

David Cameron's visit to China started with a deal to boost the profile of Premier League football and encourage the growth of the game in the country.

A deal to help boost the Premier League's profile has been signed. Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire

English football is becoming increasingly popular in China and the Premier League sees the country as its biggest potential area for growth, at the heart of an east Asian market already worth £200 million in TV rights and merchandising.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and former England and Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux were in Beijing at an event to mark the deal with the Chinese Super League (CSL).

The deal will see the Premier League work with clubs like Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua to promote and develop the game, while the CSL will support the promotion and marketing of Premier League clubs in China.

Cameron wants UK to be a 'winner in the global race'

David Cameron said he wanted to achieve more investment in Britain which would make the UK a "winner in the global race" as he began his trade trip to China.

The Prime Minister visited the Jaguar Land Rover academy in Beijing, where Chinese staff are trained to service and sell the British-designed luxury cars.

Mr Cameron said: "Part of our long-term economic plan is to make sure that Britain is a success in global markets, that we are a winner in the global race, and Jaguar Land Rover, employing 38,000 people back at home, is doing brilliantly here in China.

"I want to help them sell more cars, achieve more investment and, at the same time, export the British model of apprenticeships, which is what we are talking about today."

PM: 'Scale of UK's ambition' shown by delegation size

David Cameron said the scale of the business delegation travelling with him "mirrors the scale of the ambition that we have for the British-China partnership".

David Cameron meets staff at a Jaguar Land Rover training facility in Beijing. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Before going into talks with Premier Li Keqiang, the Prime Minister said:

"We are particularly pleased to come here at the start of the new leadership that will be taking China forward, and particularly pleased that we come following the Third Plenum document, which is such a significant document about the ambition for change that you have in China.

"We think it is a very good time to discuss these issues and to discuss all the aspects of our relationship and partnership going ahead."

Welcoming Mr Cameron to China, Mr Li said: "I believe your visit will be highly productive in promoting the pragmatic business co-operation and people-to-people exchange between the two countries."

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Cameron to push for free trade between EU and China

Prime Minister David Cameron will push for a free trade agreement between the European Union and China which he believes could be worth billions of pounds a year.

David Cameron meets staff at a Jaguar Land Rover training facility in Beijing. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Cameron's call came as he arrived in Beijing at the head of the largest British trade delegation ever to visit the country, which has emerged to become the world's second biggest economy in recent years.

The European Commission is due to begin investment treaty negotiations with China early in the New Year to cut back some of the barriers to trade.

But, in talks with premier Li Keqiang, Mr Cameron was set to become the first EU leader to champion a full-scale free trade agreement, which Downing Street said could be worth £1.8 billion annually to the UK alone.

The proposal is likely to face stiff resistance from some EU states, who fear their markets would be flooded with cheap Chinese imports.

PM denies he is avoiding human rights talks with China

David Cameron denied he was avoiding talking about human rights with his Chinese hosts as he arrived in Beijing.

David Cameron arriving in Beijing. Credit: Pool

Visiting the Jaguar Land Rover academy in Beijing, the Prime Minister said: "We have a very strong and full relationship between Britain and China and that includes a human rights dialogue.

"We are one of the few countries to have that relationship with China.

"But very much top of mind for me here in China is making sure we secure those British jobs at home and that British investment to help achieve our economic growth."

In numbers: China's booming economy

  • Chinese company Bright Foods owns 60% of Weetabix.
  • China plans to double GDP per head by 2020.
  • China's middle class will reach 600 million by the end of the decade.
  • The Chinese economy has grown by an average 10% per annum over the last three decades.
  • 82 new airport projects are planned by the end of 2015.
  • China will account for one third of the world's luxury consumption by 2015.
  • By 2025 there will be 221 Chinese cities of more than a million people.
  • Sales of UK television series such as ITV's Downton Abbey have soared by 90%.

Source: HM Government, Prime Minister's Delegation: Visit to China December 2013.

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