01/02/2018 11:38 GMT

In Pictures: Theresa May Awakens The Dragon In China

Prime Minister Theresa May toured Beijing ahead of talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping, on the second day of a trade mission and then took tea with the leader of the world’s most populous nation.

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Theresa May visits the greenhouses of Agrigarden, a food research and development company in Beijing (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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The PM with Chinese dragons in the grounds of the British Embassy. Dotting the eye is a traditional ritual to awaken a Chinese dragon (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Theresa May and her husband Philip visit the Forbidden City (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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The PM will later meet President Xi Jinping (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Theresa May and her husband Philip in Beijing (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Prime Minister greets Xi Jinping (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The leaders shake hands (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The tea ceremony was a reminder of one thing China and the UK has in common (Dan Kitwood/PA)

Philip May was pleased to inform his hosts on being served Lapsang Souchong that it was his tea blend of choice when he is at home (Dan Kitwood/PA)

Theresa May and Xi Jinping are watched by aides during the tea ceremony (Dan Kitwood/PA)