CHANCELLOR George Osborne will today announce the extension of Britain’s super priority visa scheme to China, enabling wealthy tourists to receive their papers within 24 hours.
Osborne, currently on a trade mission to China, will also back the extension of the VIP visa service – which sees British officials visit Chinese businesspeople in their offices – to the whole country.
The announcement follows criticism that the UK is missing out on wealthy Chinese tourists who have to apply for a separate visa because Britain has never joined the EU’s Schengen area. But opponents warn that these reforms will only benefit the very rich.
Meanwhile, a Chinese company is among the investors in an £800m plan to regenerate the area around Manchester Airport. Beijing Construction Engineering Group will take a 20 per cent stake in the Airport City project.