On day two of the British leg of his European tour Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has held talks in Downing street with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Cameron led a large British trade delegation to China last November, since when UK exports have jumped by 20 percent. Now he wants to see products with “Made in Britain” stamped on them everywhere.
“Trade with China is a huge opportunity for the UK. And we have a lot to offer to China too. As our economies become increasingly complementary, the UK has the goods and services, the experiences and the skills to match the Chinese ambition to move up the value chain. I’m delighted that today’s summit has seen new deals signed worth another 1.4 billion pounds (1.6 billion euros),” said Cameron.
Cameron hailed the two men’s “deeper dialogue”, and rejected criticisms from protesters outside that the trade had been bought at the price of keeping silent on human rights:
“It’s not about either discussing trade or discussing human rights. Britain and China have such a strong and developed relationship that we have a dialogue that covers all of these issues.”
UK companies will get greater access in the civil engineering, research and development and architecture markets while poultry exports will resume and pig and pork sales will be boosted.
The two men set a target of doubling two-way trade by 2015.