Cameron said this at a reception in his office attended by about 100 representatives from Britain and China to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

"If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want a thousand years of prosperity, grow relationships between people and people," Cameron quoted a Chinese saying to describe the relations between China and Britain."

Speaking highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Britain last year, Cameron said it not only helped forge a golden era of bilateral relationship, but also led to deals worth around USD 57.7 billion.

He said Britain accounts for around 30 percent of China's total investment in Europe. According to the British government, Britain is also China's second largest exporter in Europe.

"It is great when you think about how deep and strong the relationship is," said Cameron, adding the two countries were working closely with each other in areas of trade, investment, infrastructure, education and so on.

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