Chinese newspaper The Global Times has dismissed Prime Minister David Cameron's "ice-breaking" visit and the strategic importance of the UK in a scathing editorial.
The pro-government paper criticised Cameron's meeting with the Dalai Lama last year, as well as his "stance on certain issues". It said:
The Cameron administration should acknowledge that the UK is not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese.
It is just an old European country apt for travel and study. This has gradually become the habitual thought of the Chinese people.
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.