Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and British Prime Minister Theresa May gesture ahead a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)
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May had also called for expanding the "global strategic partnership" between the two countries.Business deals worth more than 9 billion pounds ($13 billion) will be announced before her visit ends Friday, May earlier announced.Bolstering ties with China became more urgent after Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU, compelling it to forge new trade agreements outside of the 28-nation bloc.British exports to China are up 60 percent since 2010, and China is expected to be one of the U.K.'s biggest foreign investors by 2020 .
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