UK’s Theresa May heads for China as rivals plot her demise


LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Theresa May is flying to China seeking a major economic partner for post-Brexit Britain.

She leaves behind a divided government, a feuding Conservative Party – and a question mark over how long she will remain leader once she returns.

May leaves Tuesday for a three-day trip with stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan and meetings with Chinese premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Accompanied by 50 British business leaders, May is looking to burnish the “golden era” between the two countries announced by Xi in 2015.

China is key to British hopes of forging new trade deals and partnerships around the world after it leaves the EU.

China expert Kerry Brown, of King’s College London, says May’s challenge is to “inject a little dynamism into the relationship.”