UK me­dia shines the spot­light on China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD REVIEW -

When I woke up this morn­ing, I no­ticed some­thing dif­fer­ent in the air. The tele­vi­sion next to my break­fast ta­ble dis­played pic­tures of my home­land China as the BBC’s news chan­nel fol­lows Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron on his visit to Bei­jing, and the Fi­nan­cial Times de­liv­ered to my front door car­ried a front-page story on the same.

I switched on my lap­top and found that most Bri­tish news agen­cies are fea­tur­ing Cameron and China on their web­sites, rang­ing from na­tion­als like The Daily Tele­graph, The Times and The Guardian, to lo­cal pub­li­ca­tions like This is Corn­wall and Place North West.

Wit­ness­ing China in the spot­light of the Bri­tish me­dia is a lux­ury for me, be­cause my job as a Lon­don cor­re­spon­dent for China Daily nor­mally re­quires me to hunt for China-re­lated sto­ries on a day-to-day ba­sis.

But I feel that with Cameron’s China visit, his sec­ond since be­com­ing prime min­is­ter in 2010, the Bri­tish me­dia will un­doubt­edly pay more at­ten­tion to China in the fu­ture.

This is not only be­cause Bri­tish politi­cians are keen to stress the im­por­tance of China. It is also be­cause China is be­com­ing a part­ner of Bri­tain through trade and in­vest­ment, cre­at­ing a win-win re­la­tion­ship in the process.

In­deed, Cameron’s de­sire to help China gain bet­ter ac­cess to the Euro­pean Union mar­ket is a fo­cal point of to­day’s news agenda.

Promis­ing to put his “full po­lit­i­cal weight” be­hind an am­bi­tious and com­pre­hen­sive EU-China free trade agree­ment, Cameron be­lieves such an agree­ment would be achieved through the elim­i­na­tion of tar­iffs in 20 sec­tors such as ve­hi­cles, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and elec­tri­cal goods.

Aside from the big pic­ture, many Bri­tish me­dia out­lets have also stressed the en­cour­ag­ing fact that smaller busi­nesses, such as West­away Sausages of Devon, Moul­ton Bi­cy­cles and the Cam­bridge Satchel Com­pany, make up the bulk of Cameron’s del­e­ga­tion.

Such an ar­range­ment is per­haps not sur­pris­ing

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang (right) and Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron (sec­ond from right) visit the Na­tional Mu­seum of China in Bei­jing on Mon­day. Cameron ar­rived with “the largest Bri­tish trade mis­sion ever to go to China” in tow, said the Bri­tish em­bassy.

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