Britain, China agree to boost cooperation

Britain, China agree to boost cooperation
Li will meet with Cameron at his London residence on June 17, a reciprocal visit following the British leader's trip to China last year, Cameron's spokesman said.

CHINA wants to take part in Britain's high-speed rail and nuclear energy projects, Premier Li Keqiang told visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron as both sides look to put behind them a row that froze high-level contact and cast a pall over business ties.

The two countries agreed to promote cooperation between their companies in nuclear power and high-speed rail, and the Chinese were willing to buy equities and stocks in British power projects, Mr Li said.

The British leader is in China, accompanied by a 100-strong business delegation, in a bid to mend ties after he angered the Chinese by meeting Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in May last year.

That meeting led to the cancellation of what would have been his second visit since 2010 that had been scheduled for earlier this year.

On Monday, Mr Cameron told Mr Li during their meeting that he recognised Tibet as a part of China and did not support Tibetan independence, China's state broadcaster CCTV reported.

He also touched on the role that Britain could play in bringing about a free trade agreement between China and the European Union.

"Some in Europe and elsewhere see the world changing and want to shut China off behind a bamboo curtain of trade barriers. Britain wants to tear those trade barriers down," he said.

Last week, Mr Cameron welcomed the prospect of Chinese investment in Britain's first high-speed rail line, noting that the Chinese have already invested in infrastructure projects like Heathrow Airport and the Hinkley Point nuclear power station.

On his part, the Chinese premier urged Britain to increase high-tech exports in such areas as aviation and new energy to China, and also to ease visa processes to boost people-to-people flows.

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