Responding to accusations that he is more like a businessman and less like a politician during a trade visit to China, David Cameron said: "We have got to get out there and bat for Britain.
"That's why I've led trade missions to China - twice, India - three times, Saudi Arabia - twice and I'll go on doing that because if there's a contract to win, if there's an order to get, if there are jobs to secure for Britain, I want to be there helping anyway I can."
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.