Today, China's leader Wen Jiabao visited SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited and the MG Birmingham plant to see the results of China-British investment and cooperation first hand.
He began his fourth visit to the UK at SMTC UK and MG, the only businesses visited as part of his three day state visit. Diplomats say China and Britain are expected to announce over £1 billion of deals during his three-day visit in a range of industries.
He met executives at SMTC UK, and took a tour of the Technical Centre's facilities including the new £5 million European Design Centre.
Premier Wen launched the new MG6 Magnette during the visit, witnessing the first of the new model leave the production line at the famous MG Birmingham plant during an 'Off-Line' ceremony. The MG6 Magnette was engineered, designed and developed by SMTC UK.
Following the launch of the new vehicle, he lunched with employees from both SMTC UK and MG Motor UK.
Premier Wen, who will meet Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on Monday, said “The successful co-operation of the production of the MG6 and other MG vehicles is a symbol of the friendship between China and the UK".
Premier Wen also stated he saw the SAIC collaboration as being a blueprint for future Anglo-Chinese business relationship.
Stephen Green, trade and investment minister, said SAIC was a "pioneer for Chinese investors in the UK".