British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Mumbai this morning on a three-day visit to India with business the main focus - as has been the case with all recent visits by foreign heads of state, the last being French President Francois Hollande's trip here last week.
As sagging Western economies look to tap India's burgeoning middle-class market, Cameron said on arrival that the UK and India can forge one of "the great partnerships of the 21st century".
According to an earlier statement from 10 Downing Street, this is the largest trade delegation taken on an overseas trip by a British prime minister.
Among those represented are Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and BP – and on a more cultural note, the British Museum and London's Underground.
Cameron, speaking at the first stop on his trip - a question and answer session at Unilever headquarters in Mumbai – said, "India's rise is going to be one of the great phenomena of this century and it is incredibly impressive to see.
"Britain wants to be your partner of choice. We've only just started on the sort of partnership that we could build. As far as I'm concerned, the sky is the limit."