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Prime Minister’s meeting with Li Changchun

Asked whether the death of Neil Heywood would be raised when the Prime Minister meets with Li Changchun, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson (PMS) said that the focus of the meeting would be on strengthening trade, cultural and education links between Britain and China, but that it would be likely to be discussed.

When asked whether the Prime Minister thought that Jeremy Browne should have raised the issue of Mr. Heywood’s death when he visited China in November 2011, the PMS said that we were pleased with how the investigation was progressing and that he was not aware of the situation at the time.

Asked where the meeting would take place, the PMS confirmed that the meeting would take place at No10 Downing Street.

In response to a question about who instigated the meeting with the Prime Minister, and what the purpose of Li Changchun’s visit to the UK was, the PMS repeated that the focus of the meeting would be on strengthening trade, cultural and education links between Britain and China, and referred the journalists to the FCO for details of the visit.

When asked why Li Changchun was meeting the Prime Minister and not the Foreign Secretary, the PMS repeated that the purpose of the meeting was to strengthen links between the two countries.

Asked to summarise the Government’s view of the Heywood case, the PMS said that as the investigation was ongoing it would be inappropriate to predict or speculate on what the Prime Minister would say, but she informed the journalists that it would likely be raised in the meeting

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