Prime Minister David Cameron has been invited to visit China by President Xi Jinping, Downing Street has revealed.
The invitation came when the two men spoke at last night's official dinner at the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia.
No date has yet been set for the visit, but it is thought it could come as early as November.
Reports had suggested that Beijing was making Mr Cameron wait for a visit because of anger over his decision to hold talks with the Dalai Lama in London last year.
Mr Cameron last visited China in 2010, when he led the largest ever UK trade delegation to the Far Eastern economic giant.
The G20 summit in St Petersburg exposed stark divisions between host Vladimir Putin and US President Obama over Syria.
War emptied the suburb of Yarmouk in southern Damascus of its people. Assad's army holds it, but their prize is a ghost town.
Even in the President's heartland of Baltimore, 95% of voters are against his policy on military intervention in Syria.