It is great to see that a Chinese delegation is the UK this week meeting the Chancellor. And talk seems to be centred around inward investment by the Chinese into large scale infrastructure projects in the UK. But I hope the opportunity will be taken to broaden this bilateral into what more can be done to improve the UK's export performance. With Brexit and probable uncertainty in the short term following the US Presidential election it is vital that the UK improves its export performance to other parts of the globe. This is particularly true for the dynamic businesses that will form the heart of a vibrant UK economy. I hope the Autumn Statement will see specific measures to encourage export performance, whether by way of tax breaks, or state supported intervention into training and support. Let's see.
Billions of pounds of projects will be showcased to the delegation, while talks will focus on building on the UK-China trade relationship. The Chancellor will host talks today (10 November 2016) with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, aimed at intensifying the UK’s trading relationship with China and showcasing Britain as one of the best places in the world to do business.