Nuclear power, oil, rail travel and even new super-material graphene are likely to be the subject of Chinese investment in a boost for the Conservative-led U.K. government's assiduous courting of China in recent years.
"Beijing has rewarded Chancellor George Osborne's persistence," Robin Niblett, director of influential U.K. world affairs think tank Chatham House, wrote in a paper published Monday.
This may already have paid off in terms of top-line growth, with British exports to China up from £7.3 billion in 2010 to £15.9 billion in 2014, according to the U.K. government.
A video called Britain meets China, broadcast on YouTube and its Chinese equivalent and produced for the occasion of Xi's visit, focuses on education, football and London taxis as cross-cultural references. Its overwhelmingly sweet tone is only slightly marred by, for example, the rather more impressive command of English demonstrated by a Chinese schoolboy than his English counterpart has of Mandarin.
Watch the video: 'Britain meets China'
The video, according to media reports, is produced by Fuxing Road — the same name behind "When China met Carolina," which showed U.S. workers talking about working for a Chinese company and published ahead of Xi's visit to the U.S. in September.
Watch the video: 'When China met Carolina'
Still, there are worries that the U.K. may be heading down the Silk Road at slightly the wrong time, as China's gross domestic product growth hits its lowest levels since the financial crisis.
It risks neglecting the development of its relationship with other key emerging markets like India, Niblett pointed out.
There are also concerns that the U.K. risks damaging diplomatic ties with allies like the U.S. and Japan over its courtship of the Chinese. China's relationship with both the U.S. and neighboring Japan remains uncomfortable. Despite a recent deal announced between Xi and President Obama, Chinese cyberattacks on U.S. companies appear to have continued.