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.
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.
The Global Times newspaper's criticism of the UK is stinging given that David Cameron has spent two days courting China's leaders.
David Cameron's visit to China has not been easy to arrange with the pressure for the trip coming from the British.
David Cameron hopes to mend relations with China as he brings a large trade delegation with him.