British Prime Minister David
Cameron flew into China saying he wanted to lay the ground for a
multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the
European Union, despite growing unease about his own country's
membership of the bloc.
On a three-day visit with a delegation of around 100
business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever,
Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in
China's expansion as the world's second biggest economy is
talking about opening up its markets.
's transformation is one of the defining facts of our
lifetime," Cameron wrote in Caixin
, a Chinese weekly news
magazine, on the eve of the visit.
"There is a genuine choice for every country over how to
respond. They can choose to see China
's rise as a threat or an
opportunity. Britain's answer is clear. We want to see China
Cameron's push for an EU-China
trade deal will irritate the
, which is understood to be strongly opposed
to such a move on the grounds that it risks flooding the bloc
with cheap Chinese imports.