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Q&A Beattie / Panda / China / United Kingdom


Flanked By Businessman, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Is Visiting Britain For The First Time Since Reaching Office In March Last Year, Including A Meeting With Queen Elizabeth. Mr. Li's Visit Could Result In Economic Agreements Worth Billions And Is Seen As an Attempt To Move The Bilateral Relationship Beyond Disputes Over Tibet And Human Rights. Bloomberg News Reports One Deal Alone Is Worth $20-Billion Involving The Supply Of Liquefied Natural Gas To The State-Owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation. As Mr. Li Arrived, Britain Announced An Easing Of Visa Restrictions Allowing More Chinese Tourists To Visit The United Kingdom. Relations Were Strained Two Years Ago When Prime Minister David Cameron Met With Exiled Tibetan Spiritual Leader, The Dalai Lama, Whom Beijing Views As A Separatist. In April, Britain Issued A Report Critical Of China's Human Rights Record. Ankit Panda, Associate Editor Of The Publication The Diplomat, Told VOA's Victor Beattie This A Prime Example Of China's Checkbook Diplomacy.

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