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New trade envoy to China named

The move is a bid to increase exports to the world’s second biggest economy.

A new trade commissioner for China has been appointed with the aim of boosting British exports to the Asian economic giant.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox named Richard Burn for the role as he accompanied Prime Minister Theresa May on a trade mission to China.

Mr Burn is the first of nine trade commissioners set to represent and promote the UK in key markets across the world.

Theresa May shakes hands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Dr Fox said: “As an international economic department, we’ve moved quickly to appoint the first of these important roles.

“With his existing wealth of trade and investment experience, Richard will provide intelligence on the ground, deciding what tailored action is required in China, and playing a vital role in our future global trading relationships.”

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