Britain to host UK-China summit after human rights tensions

LONDON - Britain will host Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in London next week for an annual summit, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Tuesday, two months after a human rights row between the two nations derailed talks.

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. "The prime minister will meet with Premier Li and their discussion will cover a wide range of bilateral issues, including trade, investment and commercial opportunities and the energy and cultural side," Cameron's spokesman said.

Cameron met with Premier Li in December when the largest-ever British mission of its kind went to China to patch up relations between the world's sixth- and second-largest economies.

A rift over Britain's stance towards Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, prompted London to cancel a planned trip by Cameron in 2012 after Beijing said its leaders would not be free to meet him.

Differences surfaced again in April this year when China was angered by a British Foreign Office document criticising China's human rights record. In response, Beijing called off a meeting to discuss human rights in London at short notice.

Cameron's spokesman said that all issues, including human rights, were up for discussion at next week's meeting.