Britain's Cameron flies to Beijing, pushing EU-China trade deal

British Prime Minister DavidCameron flew into China saying he wanted to lay the ground for amulti-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and theEuropean Union, despite growing unease about his own country'smembership of the bloc.

On a three-day visit with a delegation of around 100business people, the largest British mission of its kind ever,Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role inChina's expansion as the world's second biggest economy istalking about opening up its markets.

"China's transformation is one of the defining facts of ourlifetime," Cameron wrote in Caixin, a Chinese weekly newsmagazine, on the eve of the visit.

"There is a genuine choice for every country over how torespond. They can choose to see China's rise as a threat or anopportunity. Britain's answer is clear. We want to see Chinasucceed."

Cameron's push for an EU-China trade deal will irritate theEuropean Commission, which is understood to be strongly opposedto such a move on the grounds that it risks flooding the blocwith cheap Chinese imports.

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