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【Shanghai Daily】David Cameron Defends China Trade Mission

December 03, 2013      Author:

British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his trade mission to China after criticism in the Chinese media.


One state-run newspaper cast doubt on the "sincerity" of Mr Cameron's diplomacy amid ongoing anger about his meeting last year with the Dalai Lama.

And it suggested China did not need better relations with the UK as it was no longer a "big country".

Mr Cameron's promise now to 'respect' and 'understand' China is the price he has had to pay to thaw what was a diplomatic deep freeze".

In a strongly-worded editorial, the nationalist Global Times newspaper said Mr Cameron was motivated by "self-interest" and expressed anger over the UK's stance on Hong Kong politics and Beijing's air zone row with Japan, as well as the Dalai Lama issue.

"The UK is highly 'replaceable' in China's Europe diplomacy," said the newspaper.

"The UK is no longer any so-called 'big country'... it is an old European country suitable for travel and study abroad, with a few good football teams."

Other newspapers joined in with the criticism, fuelled by anger over access to British visas, although some welcomed efforts to improve bi-lateral trade relations.

Mr Cameron, who is on the second of a three-day visit to the country with more than 100 British business people, dismissed the attacks.


He told BBC News: "I must have missed the bit about the football teams. I would just prefer to go on the figures.

"This is a visit that has delivered almost £6bn worth of deals. It is a visit that comes on the back of an eighteen month period where we have seen more Chinese investment into Britain in the last 18 months than in the previous 30 years.

And also it is a visit where we have seen very good, high level, substantial discussions both with the premier and with the president - the premier who described the partnership as indispensable. So I will stick with the facts and the figures."





Source: BBC News