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China gets the royal sales pitch

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:08

Britain's Prince William visits China to help lure more investment, students and tourism into the UK alongside already high-profile Chinese investments in the country. Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE, PRINCE WILLIAM, SAYING: "Ladies and gentlemen, good evening." A touch of the local lingo - part of a neat royal pitch. Prince William, the latest high-profile Brit to drum up Chinese interest in the UK. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE, PRINCE WILLIAM, SAYING: "I've a strong sense of the opportunity that exist for collaboration and partnership between our two countries." William is rounding off a trip to China, the first by a member of the British royal family in nearly 30 years. Putting aside political tensions over recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and focusing squarely on business. Chinese investors have ploughed money into the UK in recent years and even plan to develop a new financial district in London. They've also snapped up iconic brands like House of Fraser and Weetabix - even the company that builds London's iconic black cabs has a Chinese owner. And there's more to come, with some analysts saying China is on course to invest more than 150 billion U.S. dollars in UK infrastructure over the next decade. ENDS

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China gets the royal sales pitch

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 01:08