China’s Premier Li Keqiang today raised hopes of cementing a “golden era” of Anglo-Chinese relations as he met Theresa May in Beijing.
The Prime Minister flew to the Chinese capital early this morning to hold talks with Mr Li and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Striking an upbeat note on trade ties, Mr Li said: “It’s now quite cold in northern China. But it is also the start of spring.
“I believe that a visit in the early spring will bring new fruits which will further raise the golden era in China Britain relations.”
s May and her team, including Trade Secretary Liam Fox, were greeted by Mr Li and his delegation in the Great Hall of the People.
Mrs May said: “As you say, this is an auspicious time of the year to be meeting in order to talk about the global strategic partnership that we have been working on between the UK and China.”
The initiative was launched under David Cameron but it hit trouble under Mrs May with a delay to the official go-ahead for an £18 billion nuclear power station in Somerset, into which the Chinese are ploughing billions.
At the start of her three-day visit, Mrs May vowed to raise concerns over human rights and Hong Kong, where dozens of democracy activists have been detained.
She stopped short of giving full backing to China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure project, saying it needed to include “transparency and international standards being adhered to”.
Mrs May, who is accompanied by 50 business leaders, is to voice UK concerns on competition and copyright, and a future trade deal. @nicholascecil
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