>> Britain's Prime Minister won 9 billion pounds in trade deals from China and an affectionate nickname. Chinese news and social media buzzing with talk of Aunty May. During her visit to Beijing's Forbidden City, some were worried her legs weren't warm enough. This user asking, pretty Aunty May, are you cold?
Newspapers called her an iron lady and spoke of China's respect for Britain.>> Auntie May, that's really a kind of a call for Chinese. You are one of the member of the family.>> Do you like that?>> Thank you, thank you very much indeed. I'm honored by that, thank you.
>> By Friday, the last of a three day visit, May had promises that Brexit won't end a so-called golden area of China-UK relations. As for frostier ties in the recent past, President Xi Jinping quoted Shakespeare, what's past is prologue. And May got what she came for, deals to reinvent Britain after the EU.
Reuters' Ben Blanchard is in Beijing.>> The trip appears to have been very successful. She's just left from Shanghai, where the British government announced that more that 9 billion pounds in agreements have been signed. But the government is promising that, actually, the total investment deal number may actually be lot greater than that.
China is, of course, one of the countries that Britain will be looking to sign a free trade agreement with once it leaves the European Union next year. But Britain has already been courting China in that it was the fist major western country to sign up for the China-backed Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank.
The British chancellor attended President Xi Jinping's major summit last year on his Belt and Road Initiative to build a new Silk Road. That has been taken very well in China.>> It's an altogether different picture to Friday's headlines back home, telling her to lead or go. She'll return to a growing barrage of accusations over poor leadership, boring policies, and weakness over Brexit.
This week, calls to step down came from within her own party. Support from China may well help anchor her unsteady spot at the top.