Britain to host UK-China summit after human rights tensions

Britain will host Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in London next week for an annual summit, Prime Minister David Cameron`s office said on Tuesday, two months after a human rights row between the two nations derailed talks.

Reuters| Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 12:05 PM IST

London: Britain will host Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in London next week for an annual summit, Prime Minister David Cameron`s office said on Tuesday, two months after a human rights row between the two nations derailed talks.

Li will meet with Cameron at his London residence on June 17, a reciprocal visit following the British leader`s trip to China last year, Cameron`s spokesman said.

"The prime minister will meet with Premier Li and their discussion will cover a wide range of bilateral issues, including trade, investment and commercial opportunities and the energy and cultural side," Cameron`s spokesman said. 

Cameron met with Premier Li in December when the largest-ever British mission of its kind went to China to patch up relations between the world`s sixth- and second-largest economies. 

A rift over Britain`s stance towards Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Tibet`s spiritual leader, prompted London to cancel a planned trip by Cameron in 2012 after Beijing said its leaders would not be free to meet him. 

Differences surfaced again in April this year when China was angered by a British Foreign Office document criticising China`s human rights record. In response, Beijing called off a meeting to discuss human rights in London at short notice.
 

Cameron`s spokesman said that all issues, including human rights, were up for discussion at next week`s meeting.