Cameron pops into Chinese Tesco
Published 09/11/2010 | 02:50
David Cameron flew halfway across the world for his first visit to China as Prime Minister - and his first stop after landing at Beijing airport was a Tesco supermarket.
The British food chain has become an increasingly common sight in China since launching its first store in 2004 and now has 99 outlets in the country and is planning a £2 billion investment over the next five years.
But despite the well-known red and blue Tesco branding on the store, Mr Cameron saw few of the products familiar to UK shoppers.
Tesco has taken the decision to fill its aisles in China with produce that is already popular with the local consumers, so the branch which Mr Cameron visited in the Happy Valley area of south Beijing was packed with items like fresh fish and vegetables, noodles and rice.
Mr Cameron met staff and shoppers during his brief visit to the store, but did not buy anything.