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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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PM set to be grilled over student visas on China tour

David Cameron is set to be grilled on the UK's regime for student visas when he faces questions from students at a Shanghai university on the second day of his visit to China.

David Cameron is on a three day visit to China. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The coalition Government's moves to tighten up the visa system and shut down "bogus" colleges have been blamed in some quarters for putting off students from emerging economies such as China from coming to Britain to study.

The Prime Minister is determined to get across the message that there is "no limit" on the number of Chinese students who can come to the UK, so long as they have English language skills and a place at a university.

Before flying out to China, Mr Cameron said he wanted to increase the 100,000-plus Chinese students already in the UK.

In a visit dedicated to boosting UK trade with China, Mr Cameron will also meet entrepreneur Jack Ma, creator of China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba.

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