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Trade and the embattled euro in Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's focus

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Trade and the embattled euro in Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's focus


China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao has arrived in England. He had left Hungary having thrown a lifeline to the euro zone emphasising, while there China will continue to support Europe and the euro, pledging to buy billions of euros of European debt.

It is expected business deals will be announced during his stay in Britain. He will meet Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday as the two countries aim to strengthen bilateral relations. One government minister said China offers, “huge opportunities.”

Wen Jiabao went to the Longbridge plant where he watched the launch of the first new MG car for sixteen years built by the plants owners, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.

It is expected China’s record on human rights will be raised in his talks in Britain while the Free Tibet pressure group vowed to protest outside Downing Street on Monday.

After Wen Jiabao left China for Europe Hu Jia the high profile human activist was released from prison where he had been detained for three and a half years.

Prominent dissident, Ai Weiwei’s release from custody earlier in the week was seen as move to head off potential protests. The artist had been on his way to Berlin when he was arrested. Protests and questions could be set to follow in Germany, the next stop for China’s prime minister.

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