Sometimes, you know, it's just easier to run with the cliché.

For the last few days Beijing enjoyed bright winter sunshine, clear blue skies and not a smidgeon of the smog for which it has become notorious.

If President Xi could actually control the weather he could hardly have provided himself with such an agreeable backdrop to the reform ( or is it more properly 'change') programme that he and colleagues announced to the world a week or so ago.

For reasons which frankly escape me China's five year planning process and the ten year life span of political administration run out of kilter. So three years into the plan itself, the new bossses - in office since March - now get the chance to set their own stamp on the country' future direction.

The proposed changes with regard to family size have taken the headlines overseas.

The 'one child' policy of the last 34 years means that China has an ageing population placing increasing demands in terms of social welfare - together with a shrinking workforce.

Some easing of the policy is being proposed to help address this. The how, and the when, of the change have not been set down and the English language papers in Beijing emphasise this.

Apparently the current rules say that where both parents are themselves only children, they already may have two children of their own - but shouldn't that cover pretty well everyone by now?

The proposed new rules will extend this to couples where only one parent is an only child. Maybe something is being lost in translation.

Riding the Beijing metro, as I have been doing for the last few days, it's difficult to get any sense of an ageing population here at all.

From my perspective - looking from a long way across the demographic divide - everyone I see seems very young.

I was beginning to wonder if there was some other unpublished policy that required older folk to stay of the streets and public transport - and if I risked being pulled in myself.

Then taking the air in the park around the Temple of Heaven, I come across great swathes of older Beijingers all involved with something a good deal more vigorous than a mere gentle stroll with many indulging in a quite intensive workout.

Also no doubt thereby trying to keep the social welfare bill through their own self-help efforts.

Many of the bigger issues of the Xi change programme proposes are aimed at the economy of course - heading off the perfect storm some westerners forecast.

Again the fine detail no doubt has still be developed and will emerge over time. There is a commitment to further 'opening up' of the Chinese economy to overseas involvement in areas such as education, finance, culture and medicine.

In the West Midlands much been made recently of the stellar success of Jaguar Land Rover and some other manufacturers in penetrating the Chinese economy but the fact is that along with the rest of the UK tradeable services are a huge slice of our activity and employment and we need to look for markets in that sector overseas too.

Education services are of course somewhat hamstrung by the issue of visa control. I have spent some time here in the last two weeks talking with businesses involved in out bound tourism and overseas training.

They have all taken on board the announcements that were made by George Osborn in China a few weeks ago about ensuring that the visitors we most wanted to see enjoying the UK experience not being hindered by unnecessary hurdles within the visa application process.

Their view is that there is a huge and still unsatisfied desire to visit Britain which they are eager and able to meet once Osborn's proposals go live. They appear not to have heard Boris Johnson's observations virtually from alongside the Chancellor suggesting that the changes proposed so far are largely cosmetic and that more needs to be done.

Perhaps an authoritative clarification on this is something that the Prime Minister will address himself to specifically in a few weeks when he too comes to China ( if Teresa May will permit it) ?

More generally with regard to British-Chinese relations someone (not from the UK) with first hand experience of the recent 'George and Boris' Awfully Big Adventure' show suggested we begin to risk making ourselves look ridiculous by an attitude to China that is becoming altogether too fawning - David Cameron will need no advice from me on these matters of state (to say the least) but this is also an opinion that is also being aired in the press back home.

Maybe we might consider hastening a little more slowly -which, in its own way, is also the aim of the Xi reforms, perhaps.