UK PM’s China visit secures £9.3bn in trade deals

5 Feb 18

The UK and China have agreed deals worth more than £9.3bn following a three-day trade mission in China by British prime minister Theresa May.

Following the 2016 Brexit vote, the UK has tried to cast itself as a global trading nation and China is high on its list of countries it wants to sign a free trade agreement with once it leaves the European Union.

At a business meeting in China, May said: “The UK is preparing to leave the European Union. We’re seizing the opportunity to become an ever-more outward-looking Global Britain, deepening our trade relations with nations around the world – including China.”

The £9.3bn deals will create over 2,500 jobs across the UK, the government said.

May added that Chinese investments were helping Britain develop infrastructure. She said around 50,000 British businesses import goods from China while more than 10,000 sell their goods to the Asian country. 

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