>> Theresa May's quest for post Brexit trade partners stretching far beyond Europe on Wednesday as the British Prime Minister touched down in China for the first leg of a crucial three day trip. Leaving the EU is about to plunge Britain into its most significant economic upheaval since World War II.
China, as the world's second largest economy, could be a lifeline. May's ultimate longtime goal is to secure a free trade deal. On Wednesday, she called for a push to open up China's market to British business. However, China's ties to the UK have been lukewarm at best in recent years, and May will have to navigate some touchy subjects.
Ahead of her flight to China, she admitted the two countries will not always agree. The PM warned China to play by global rules on intellectual property, and she's echoed calls from Donald Trump for China to help control North Korea's weapons program. She says she'll also bring up former British colony, Hong Kong, with President Xi Jinping.
In the past, sensitive issues have spilled over into the talks on trade. David Cameron 2012 meeting with the Dalai Lama put relations on ice. This time, the stakes may be too high. Britain wants to cash in on China's growing middle class and booming services sector once Brexit kicks in.
And May is under pressure to take a success story home.>> Is going to happen when we leave European Union.>> Her leadership is under fierce scrutiny even within her own party. Those for Brexit say she's watering down plans to leave, those against it accuse her of risking Britain's economy.
On the plane to China on Wednesday, she defied calls to step down insisting she's, quote, not a quitter, and that there's a long term job to be done.