The red carpet was rolled out from Windsor to Downing Street for China on Tuesday, as a high-profile trade delegation arrived in the U.K.
Hopes were high: Li Keqiang, who took over as Premier last year, so far appears to be both business-focused and cautiously friendly towards the West. However, during his tenure, China has had to sort out its slowing economic growth—which may have dented its appetite for more extensive external investments.
The visit, which started at Downing Street on Tuesday, is already more successful than last year's U.K. expedition to China, from which the most headline-grabbing deal involved the supply of pig semen.
There were concerns that the U.K. was not quite striking the right tone, after last year's visit. The Chinese delegation were understood to have warmed to Chancellor George Osborne more than the Prime Minister. Li insisted on a meeting with the Queen on his first official trip to the country, and did so on Tuesday.