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Global race? Lack of air routes means we’re already on the slow boat to China

Trade missions are useless, Osborne - just let businessmen get on with their job

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Trade missions are almost comically pointless nowadays, as George Osborne’s visit demonstrated this week in Beijing. He is right that there are serious problems in our trade relations with China — an emerging economic superpower that buys more from Switzerland than it does from Britain. In fact, we export depressingly little to any major emerging market.

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