Chinese vice premier wraps up British visit
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang viewed a green housing scheme in Britain on Wednesday as he wrapped up a visit to three European nations focused on trade and environmental issues.
The man who is widely tipped to succeed China's current premier Wen Jiabao is on the fourth and final day of a trip to Britain and has also visited Spain and Germany on his swing through the continent.
Li went with British Business Secretary Vince Cable on Wednesday to visit a development in Watford, north of London, which features ten of the world's most sustainable homes, the British government said.
Cable said the park was a "great example of what can be achieved in low carbon and I am delighted to bring vice premier Li to this centre of excellence."
Green themes have featured heavily on Li's trip, including the announcement on Sunday of a 10-million-dollar (7.7-million-euro) deal to use Scottish technology for a plant in China that makes electricity from domestic waste.
Li has also met Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and a host of top officials and business leaders as the two countries try to forge closer diplomatic ties and business links.
In a speech on Tuesday night, Li backed the austerity plans of Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, in another vote of confidence in a European recovery.
"The British coalition government, in a continued effort to counter the financial crisis, has unveiled ambitious plans to spur economic growth," he told an audience at the China-Britain Business Council in London.
Li pledged to strengthen business ties between China and Britain, saying deals between firms from the two countries signed during his visit were worth some 4.7 billion dollars.
His European visit has been in part an effort to support Europe's recovery efforts and soothe global market fears of a debt quagmire spreading through the eurozone after the bailouts of Ireland and Greece.
Li reiterated his support for a European recovery late Tuesday, telling the London audience that China was "adamantly supportive of the series of financial stabilization measures adopted by the European Union and the IMF."
© 2011 AFP