British Prime Minister Theresa May reviews honour guards during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May brought a large business delegation for her three-day visit, which began earlier in the day in the central industrial city of Wuhan and continued in the Chinese capital.Britain's ties with China have grown in importance as London contemplates its economic future after it officially leaves the EU in March 2019 .May was greeted at the imposing Great Hall of the People by Premier Li Keqiang, who noted that the prime minister was visiting Beijing ahead of next month's Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.May will also take the opportunity to discuss a wide range of other issues, including climate change and North Korea, but she was also under pressure to address the political situation in former colony Hong Kong and human rights abuses in mainland China.In preparation, a number of British officials have travelled to China in recent months.
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