Chinese vice premier to visit Britain

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang will begin a four-day trip to Britain on Sunday and will hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and visit several businesses, the British government said.

Li, on a European tour which has already taken in Spain and Germany, will also give a speech to a China-British Business Council event attended by top e businessmen from both countries.

The trip comes two months after Cameron visited China with a team of his top ministers and business chiefs.

Cameron, who will welcome Li at his Downing Street office on Monday, said: "Stronger relations with China offer a real opportunity for Britain in terms of trade, jobs, and economic growth.

"Vice-Premier Li's visit to the UK will build on the momentum created by my visit to China last year."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is also due to meet Li, said the talks would focus on "everything from trade and investment to climate change and educational links". He added: "No subject will be off limits."

During his visit to Madrid this week, Li -- widely tipped to be China's next premier -- said Beijing was willing to buy around six billion euros (7.75 billion dollars) worth of Spanish debt, El Pais newspaper quoted government sources as saying.

After eurozone members Greece and Ireland were forced to seek bailouts worth tens of billions of euros last year, Spain, together with Portugal, have been seen as next in line in the 17-country currency union to need help.

© 2011 AFP

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