By Heather Corben and Tony Dong King & Wood Mallesons’ Taxation Group
The UK government has made clear its ambition to improve economic links with China and to make it easier for business to be done between the two countries. Recent initiatives have included the relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese visitors to the UK, George Osborne’s trade trip to China in October 2013, and David Cameron’s visit in December with a 100-strong trade delegation. According to China’s ambassador to Britain, trade between the two countries surpassed £42.5 billion in 2013. A further sign of the UK government’s enthusiasm is the new comprehensive double taxation agreement (DTA) between the UK and China.
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