China’s Ambassador Li Keqiang: Visa Restrictions on Chinese tourists will effect UK’s economy

This week, China’s ambassador has spoken out about the UK’s immigration laws, suggesting that the visa restrictions put upon Chinese tourists and businessman will effect the UK’s economic position. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will make his three day visit to the UK as part of a European tour, in order to expand Sino-British co-operation and help “change misperceptions and misgivings” surrounding his nation. The trip will include Mr Li meeting the Queen and holding talks with the Prime Minister David Cameron.  Stating that those coming from China are unlikely coming to the UK for sightseeing, but want to shop, estimating that Chinese shoppers spend an average of £1,600 per visit. The UK is one of the most desirable countries for immigration, ranking second, with 30 immigrant billionaires, accounting for 39% of its total number.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang: wants to change Misperceptions of China

Mr Li gave his reasons for wanting to coming to the UK:

“My visit has a threefold purpose, first, to discuss ways to deepen co-operation in various fields and therefore spur the growth of our respective economies. Second, to present the real China so as to change misperceptions and ease misgivings; and third, to draw on British perspectives and experience.”

Mr Li, who is said to be accompanied by a large business group, is expected to agree commercial deals and make investments up to £18bn in the UK. It is also expected that during the trip an announcement will be made in regards to relaxing visa rules for Chinese visitors. Chinese authorities have regularly complained about the difficulties of travelling to the UK in comparison to the rest of  the Europe.

Increase of Tier 1 Investors Issued to Wealthy Nationals

Despite differences that the UK may have had with China, notably in 2012 when David Cameron met the Dalai Lama. There has been a  rise in investor visas issued to Chinese nationals, after David Cameron visited Beijing in January 2014 on a trade trip and encouraged Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in the UK.

Speaking to a group of businessmen and women, he stated: ‘If you are investing in Britain, invest more. ‘If you are thinking of investing in Britain, come and find us. You will get a warm welcome.’

According to the Immigration and the Chinese HNWI 2014 report, the UK is the capital for billionaire migrants.It also seems that Russian nationals are becoming increasingly successful, with 125 people entering the UK between June 2012 and June 2013 with investor visas. Statistics show that investor visas jumped from 423 in 2011-12 to 530 in 2012-13 and in addition to the 530 investor visas, 1,038 visas were issued for applicants’ dependents. 

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