As the second decade of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and UK approaches, the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UK is expected to mark a new milestone for bilateral relations.
Chequers in northwest of London has hosted foreign dignitaries since becoming an official retreat for prime ministers in 1921. Chinese President Xi Jinping next week will become the latest state leader to be welcomed to this tranquil country house.
Since GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a deal to produce HIV medicine with Shanghai firm Desano Pharmaceuticals in July, Britain's biggest drug maker is taking more steps to repair its scandal-hit business in China.
British Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China in September, which included his first trip to the country's northwest, has helped strength the countries' economic and financial ties, analysts say.
President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United Kingdom, the first by a Chinese president for a decade, comes at a genuinely auspicious time. It comes as the UK and China stand on the threshold of a golden era in their relationship, when we become for the first time genuinely interdependent.