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Research gets high billing in PM’s first China trip

Research collaboration between the UK and China is an important agenda item for this week's UK trade mission to China led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron and his Chinese counterpart, Premier Li Keqiang, announced that they have agreed to establish a £200-million fund to support scientific collaborations, according to a BBC report. The report is based on a press conference held in Beijing and attended by journalists travelling with the UK delegation. A spokeswoman for No 10 Downing Street told Research Fortnight that she would confirm the news later today.

Cameron, who is spending three days in China, is accompanied by science minister David Willetts, health minister Jeremy Hunt, environment minister Owen Paterson, and other ministers from BIS and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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