By Claire West

On a two-day trade mission to China, the Prime Minister has addressed concerns over media censorship and human rights.

Accompanied by four cabinet ministers and 43 business leaders, David Cameron has called the trip a "vitally important trade mission" during which a deal between Engine maker Rolls-Royce and China Eastern airlines worth £750 million has been cemented.

Expectations were that the visit would create £1.7 billion worth of contracts for Britain.
Whilst his visit has focussed on trade with calls for closer trading ties between Britain and China, The Prime Minster has stood up for the British values of free speech and democracy saying that the UK still had "deeply-held concerns" over human rights in China.

The Prime Minster has said that growing economic freedom should go "in step" with political reform to ensure prosperity.

David Cameron has spoken of the benefit that the rise in economic freedom in China has brought to both China and the world and hoped that this would lead in time to a greater political opening, because he believes that such opening is the best guarantor of prosperity and stability.

Speaking to Beijing students in a landmark speech, The Prime Minister said that there is no secret that the UK and China disagree on some issues, especially around human rights, arguing that "We don't raise these issues to make us look good, or to flaunt publicly that we've done so. We raise them because the British people expect us to - and because we have sincere and deeply-held concerns."

The Prime Minister also addressed the issue of media censorship in China arguing that a free media in Britain ultimately makes our government in the UK better and subsequently, the country stronger, ensuring people with different views from the government were able to take part in public debate.

In raising these issues the PM also acknowledged that that leading a country of 1.3 billion people raised difficulties of a different order from those of a nation of 60 million and that China faces challenges unknown to the UK