UK media shines the spotlight on China
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
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.