David Cameron to visit China next week

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David Cameron is to visit China for the first time as prime minister next week, it has been confirmed.

Mr Cameron was invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao after they met for talks during the G20 summit in June.

Chinese officials have now confirmed that Mr Cameron will spend two days in the country on 9 and 10 November.

Since taking office in May, Mr Cameron has made high-profile trips to the US, Turkey and India, as well as attending European and international summits.

He has spoken of the need to build stronger diplomatic and commercial ties with emerging economic powers in Asia, Africa and South America.

Downing Street confirmed that Mr Cameron will stop off in China on the way to South Korea where the next G20 summit is being held on 11 and 12 November.

The timing of the trip means that Mr Cameron will miss prime minister's questions on 10 November.

It is likely that deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will stand in for him as he has already done on a couple of occasions since May.

Mr Cameron last visited China in 2007 while he was opposition leader.