LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron leads a heavyweight group of British politicians and business chiefs on a visit to China this week which will focus squarely on expanding trade ties with the world's second largest economy.
Cameron, who took office in May, leaves London on Monday for talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao as he stops in Beijing en route to the G20 summit in South Korea when China's role in the global economy will be center stage.
Featuring more than 40 business leaders and four of Cameron's senior ministers from his Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, it is the biggest such delegation Britain has ever sent to China.
"This is a vitally important trade mission. Our message is simple: Britain is now open for business, has a very business-friendly government, and wants to have a much, much stronger relationship with China," Cameron said.