The Prime Minister said he thinks public understand the importance of his role in bringing trade delegations to China and other growing markets as the financial crisis still engulfing Europe has shown UK businesses "can't just rely" on EU markets and must look "further afield" for opportunities:
I think the British public have a very good understanding of what I describe as the long term plan. They know that Britain, having had some very difficult years, having suffered badly in the crisis, is on a mission to rebuild.
That means sorting out your finances at home and getting the deficit under control. But it means making your way in the world and it means recognising that we can't just rely on European markets. We have to go further afield and we have to play to our strengths and win.
I think people have a very good understanding of that.
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.