British Prime Minister David Cameron is promoting business relations on a visit to China after Beijing derailed an earlier visit in retaliation for his meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Cameron is leading a trade mission with six government ministers on a visit that started Monday. He is expected to voice support for a deal to free up trade between China and the European Union.

The British government says such a deal could be worth up to 1.8 billion British pounds ($2.95 billion) a year to the British economy.

Economic exchanges with Britain were held up after Cameron met last year with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, whom China reviles as a separatist.