Premier Li Keqiang will visit Britain next week to promote bilateral cooperation, the Beijing News reported Friday, citing the foreign ministry.
It’s the first visit of its kind in three years and is expected to advance tie-ups in cars, shipping, finance as well as energy.
Deputy foreign minister Wang Chao said investment, financing and import and export deals involving “huge sums” are also expected to be reached between companies of the two countries.
In addition, China and Britain will explore opportunities in high-speed rail, nuclear energy and high technology, the report said.
China is pushing for a joint feasibility study on the establishment of Sino-European Union free trade zone and for Britain to urge the EU to relax export controls on China.
Li will have a rare meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, the Financial Times reported, even though he is not a head of state. The move indicates the importance of the bilateral relationship to Britain.
The Chinese premier will also visit Greece to sign deals on logistics, energy, real estate as well as wine imports. Beijing will also show support for Chinese companies investing in privatization projects in Greece.
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