President Xi’s UK visit fruitful: British scholar

Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his visit to Britain.

During what was dubbed as a “super state visit” to the UK, President Xi witnessed a huge number of commercial deals worth 40 billion pounds, or 61.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Centering on investment, infrastructure and innovation, those deals are expected to help secure the upgraded relationship, as Britain has been trying to woo investment from the world’s second largest economy.

According to James Hoare, an expert of China relations at the British think-tank Chatham House, Xi’s visit shows the future development trend for China-Britain relationship.

“If you all go through then you will see a huge development in the Sino-UK trade, inside UK commercial exchanges of all sorts. And not just that as well, already there are lots of Chinese students in Britain. And I would hope those numbers would increase. The prime minister has promised that visas for Chinese citizens would be made easier to get and cheaper to get, which is a good thing. So providing there are no problems and we are on set for considerable boost to our mutual relationship, in trade, in other aspects as well, that is so good.”

The most talked-about project is a landmark agreement on building the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in southwest England.

It will create an estimated 25,000 jobs and power around 6 million homes.

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