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Cameron says Britain open to Chinese investments

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 - 01:21

Dec. 5 - David Cameron is casting the UK as the economy most open to Chinese investments. He is visiting China with 100 businessmen. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British Prime Minister David Cameron says the United Kingdom is the most open country to Chinese investment, speaking to state broadcaster China Central Television at Shanghai's Jiaotong University. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "Britain wants to see China succeed, Britain believes that there are great advantages, not just for the Chinese people but for the whole world, and we want to see British business, British investment, coming into China, but also we welcome, very strongly welcome, Chinese investment into Britain." Cameron met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing earlier in the week. He reiterated his support for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between China and the European Union, despite the EU executive's rejection of the move as premature. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "The British economy is probably more open to Chinese investment than any other economy in the world. We welcome Chinese investment into our nuclear industry, Chinese investment into our airports, Chinese investment into utility companies like Thames Water. We're very open, very welcoming. There are over 100,000 Chinese students studying in Britain and we'd like to see more coming to Britain to study. But we're not just an open economy, excuse me, we also are backing the view that we need to have more free trade between Britain and China, so we're campaigning for a European Union Free Trade Agreement." Asked whether he had raised Tibet or China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in his talks with Chinese leaders, Cameron said he had spoken "about all those issues", but declined to go into detail. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "But obviously we do have differences. We have some different values, some different approaches, and we need to recognise those and approach these issues, as we said, with mutual respect and understanding." Cameron is accompanied by about a hundred businessmen on his three-day visit to China.

Cameron says Britain open to Chinese investments

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 - 01:21

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