TAIPEI (TheStreet) -- China is teasing the United Kingdom this week with offers of stronger trade and investment ties with the world's second largest economy because the British have paused political activity that offends Beijing.
More contracts for British companies in industries such as finance and infrastructure are expected to be signed to coincide with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visit to the U.K. this week. Chinese banks may get cozier with London as the only non-Asian center for renminbi currency trade. This would be a change from the past two years when China has been upset with the U.K.
China's dissatisfaction with U.K. stems from when British Prime Minister David Cameron met in 2012 with the Dalai Lama, an enemy of Beijing, and his government called China a country of concern in its 2013-2014 human-rights report. But now Chinese leaders have signed new deals to help British companies, allowing them to rival French and German ones that have received more favor from Beijing.
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