Chinese president meets Britain's prime minister
Chinese President Hu Jintao and British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks Wednesday after the two nations vowed to expand cooperation and signed several trade deals, dpa reported.
Chinese state media quoted Cameron as telling Hu that the British government valued a "high-level dialogue covering all areas" with China.
Cameron and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday promised to expand their nations' "strong relationship" as they attended the signing of bilateral deals said to be worth 2.7 billion dollars.
The largest deal was a memorandum on a "carbon partnership agreement" for Rolls-Royce Group Plc to supply China Southern Airlines with 16 jet engines plus servicing and efficient fuel-management systems at a cost of about 1.2 billion dollars.
The British Treasury said earlier that the two sides planned to sign contracts valued at nearly 1.7 billion pounds (2.7 billion dollars) during Cameron's two-day visit to China, which was scheduled to end Wednesday, before he heads to South Korea for the Group of 20 summit of the world's 20 largest economies.
Despite the focus on a "vitally important trade mission," officials said, Cameron would also raise human rights issues with Chinese leaders in a "sensible and measured way."
Cameron travelled with the largest delegation to China by a British prime minister, including about 50 business leaders.
Britain is among the largest EU investors in China with total investment reaching more than 10 billion pounds.
Trade in goods and services between Britain and China was worth 32 billion pounds in 2009 with British exports totalling 7.7 billion pounds.