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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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Cameron to push for free trade between EU and China

Prime Minister David Cameron will push for a free trade agreement between the European Union and China which he believes could be worth billions of pounds a year.

David Cameron meets staff at a Jaguar Land Rover training facility in Beijing. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Cameron's call came as he arrived in Beijing at the head of the largest British trade delegation ever to visit the country, which has emerged to become the world's second biggest economy in recent years.

The European Commission is due to begin investment treaty negotiations with China early in the New Year to cut back some of the barriers to trade.

But, in talks with premier Li Keqiang, Mr Cameron was set to become the first EU leader to champion a full-scale free trade agreement, which Downing Street said could be worth £1.8 billion annually to the UK alone.

The proposal is likely to face stiff resistance from some EU states, who fear their markets would be flooded with cheap Chinese imports.

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