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This is no “Golden Era” for Sino-British relations, even if the government wishes it were so

The PM will lead a delegation to China on Wednesday. With Brexit Britain desperate for trade, it’s time we got down to brass tacks

By George Magnus  

Prime Minister Theresa May with Chinese President Xi Jinping last year. Photo: Matt Cardy/PA Archive/PA Images

On Wednesday, Theresa May will lead her first UK delegation to China, following in the footsteps of her Chancellor Philip Hammond late last year. Liu Xiaoming, China’s Ambassador to the UK, told the Xinhua news agency recently that the purpose is to “push forward the Golden Era for bilateral ties.”

Yet that phrase “Golden Era,” invoked by David Cameron in 2015 and now deployed in peacock-like fashion by UK politicians “as we leave…

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