\r\nBritish transport secretary Mr Patrick McLoughlin signed the MoU with Mr Xu Shaoshi, chairman of China's National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC). The MoU states that the scope of the partnership could include:\r\n\u2022 the development of new upgrading existing railway infrastructure projects\r\n\u2022 the supply of products and services to third markets\r\n\u2022 collaboration on railway research and development\r\n\u2022 station design\r\n\u2022 equipment supply\r\n\u2022 safety and evaluation, and\r\n\u2022 energy saving and environmental protection measures.\r\n"We want this partnership to be a win-win situation creating economic growth and jobs here and abroad \u2013 including in China," McLoughlin says.\r\nThe MoU follows a similar agreement reached by China Development Bank (CDB) with the CityUK, an independent membership body representing Britain's financial services industry. This MoU will "expand [CDB's] financing and lending activity in the Britain, including in infrastructure-related investment." CDB is said to want to fund HS2.\r\nChina's premier Mr Li Keqiang offered assistance with HS2 during British prime minister Mr David Cameron's visit to China last December, which was followed by China Railway Group stating that it could help with construction projects relating to HS2. The two leaders discussed the project again during a meeting in London this week.