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Businessmen to get UK visa in a day

Chinese business travelers can get their visas to UK within one day if they apply in Shanghai, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in Shanghai yesterday.

The policy will be enacted within a few months, the prime minister said during his visit to city. He also delivered a lecture to students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Cameron has brought more than 100 businesspeople with him to China, including the heads of Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Royal Dutch Shell and the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange.

The prime minister met with Jack Ma, founder of China’s leading e-commerce firm Alibaba and the eighth richest man in the country, and Li Shifu, the chairman of Geely, one of China’s biggest carmakers.

Earlier this year Geely bought the makers of the London taxi, Manganese Bronze Holdings, after acquiring Sweden’s Volvo in 2010.

Cameron posted pictures of himself online after meeting Li and standing next to one of the distinctive cars.

“Making me feel at home — black cabs are becoming a big feature here,” he tweeted, soon after posting another Tweet saying: “A successful day in Shanghai promoting British exports.”

Meanwhile Cameron’s account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, had attracted more than 200,000 people since its launch last Friday. He had invited netizens to ask questions, saying that he would try to reply during the visit.

The most “liked” question asked the prime minister when the third season of British television show Sherlock was due for release. There were also inquiries about the welfare of Larry the Downing Street cat.

On Monday, the prime minister met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing where he signed a series of trade deals, before holding talks with President Xi Jinping.



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