Chinese premier Li Kequiang is visiting Britain for a three-day visit, in which he is set to seal at least £17 billion worth of deals and hold talks on a variety of issues.
Coalition ministers have already moved to relax visa rules to help attract businesses and students from China, now the world's second largest economy.
China's massive business interests in Britain are already known, with former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott admitting that the UK was going "cap in hand" to China.
So how dominant is China? HuffPost UK presents eight ways the Middle Kingdom is beating Britain.