British PM Theresa May starts China tour

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province today. Theresa May is scheduled to visit China from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 31, 2018. Theresa May is scheduled to visit China from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 31, 2018. 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May watches Peking Opera performance in front of the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 31, 2018.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in China on Wednesday as she seeks to bolster her country's global trade links ahead of its departure from the European Union.

May began her visit in the central industrial city of Wuhan and will be in China until Friday in what the Chinese foreign ministry has touted as a "historic visit".

Later on Wednesday, May will head to Beijing, where she will meet Premier Li Keqiang.

She will hold talks with President Xi Jinping on Thursday and wraps up her visit Friday in the eastern business hub of Shanghai.

Her trip comes as the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British parliament, is scrutinising a key piece of Brexit legislation and ministers sought to downplay a leaked government report offering only economic downsides to leaving the EU in March 2019.

May travelled with her husband, Philip May, along with a delegation of 50 businesses and organizations, which her office said was "the largest" Britain has ever taken overseas.

May will also take the opportunity to discuss a wide range of other issues including climate change.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 31, 2018. Theresa May is scheduled to visit China from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

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