China, Britain in trade talks amid rights protestsFebruary 2nd, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 2 (IANS) The British government was braced Monday for more protests against China’s human rights record even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown told visiting Chinese premier Wen Jiabao he wanted to double British exports to China.After talks with Wen at Downing Street, Brown announced a new two-year programme to help British companies market their products in China, saying he wanted to increase British exports to China from $5 billion in 2008 to $10 billion in 2010.
Brown said a 400 billion pound fiscal stimulus announced by authorities in Beijing in November will create huge opportunities for British exports to China, particularly in the low-carbon technologies of the future.
Meanwhile, five men were arrested after pro-Tibet protesters clashed with police during demonstrations against Wen’s visit here Sunday.
Protesters, who tried to scale security barriers outside the Chinese embassy and surrounded Wen’s motorcade, overshadowed Chinese New Year celebrations in the West End of London.
Protesters braved sub-zero temperatures later to move to the Natural History Museum, where Wen later spoke at a dinner.