Gone are the days when governments saw doing business in China as taboo. Now leaders around the world are scrambling for a meeting with the premier, and for many he is happy to oblige.

Israel: Premier Li Keqiang told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the new Chinese government attaches great importance to developing relations with Israel”, according to a news release issued by the Foreign Ministry. China and Israel on Wednesday vowed to join their respective advantages in markets and technology to create a bright future. The two leaders decided that the two governments will set up a special workgroup to study bilateral economic and social cooperation. They seek to combine Israel’s high-tech advantage with China’s huge market, Li said he welcomed Israeli investment in cutting-edge technology.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang toasts with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang toasts with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

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France: Beijing and Paris signed 18 deals on Thursday, 25th April 2013, including deals for 60 Airbus planes and a nuclear project, as President XiJinping hosted his first head of state from a major Western country, French President Francois Hollande. 

The trip by Hollande also saw the two countries agree to establish an economic and financial high-level dialogue to further promote economic cooperation. Analysts said the visit will help the countries renew dialogue under new leaderships and enhance China-EU ties.

Mr Hollande is seeking more investment from China

Mr Hollande is seeking more investment from China

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean):  The new Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta and held talks with the bloc’s Secretary-General Le Luong Minh. During the meeting, the two exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest, including ways and means to further strengthen the Asean-China Strategic Partnership.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen their collaboration in a number of areas, including maritime co-operation, combating trans-national crime, energy security and the implementation of the Asean-China Free-Trade Agreement.

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Unfortunately, not all nations are experiencing such success in their communication with China.

Britain: David Cameron’s rift with China could cost UK billions- David Cameron has effectively been barred from visiting China because Beijing is angry with the Prime Minister for meeting the Dalai Lama last year. There are now fears that the frosty diplomatic relations could put at risk Chinese investment in Britain, which was worth £8billion last year.

Prime Minister David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in London last year during his tour of the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in London last year during his tour of the UK.

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Politics aside, there is no doubt that China has political clout that has put it at the top of the agenda for most every other country.

 

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