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Xi arrives in London

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 01:24

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Britain where he will be feted by royal family and leading politicians. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in London where will be feted by the royal family and leading politicians during a trip this week which Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will cement Britain's lucrative place as China's closest friend in the West. Hailed as the beginning of a 'golden era' or 'golden time' in Sino-British ties, the visit, which will seal a host of business deals, has been criticized by human rights activists who accuse Cameron of turning a blind eye to abuses. It has also ruffled feathers among some of Britain's traditional allies, such as the United States, where Xi's visit last month was tainted by friction over cyber theft and Beijing's moves in Asian maritime disputes. But for Britain, the four-day state visit is the culmination of a years-long charm offensive to show Britain "walking tall on the world stage", in a government minister's words, and to attract investment in infrastructure, nuclear power and in its transformation of northern England. Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, will stay at Buckingham Palace as guests of Queen Elizabeth and meet Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and his son Prince William. Xi will also address parliament and end his trip by traveling to Manchester in northwest England, the heart of a government plan to create a 'northern powerhouse' to challenge the dominance of London as the biggest hub in England. Amid much pomp, a sour note could be a meeting with the main opposition Labor party's leader Jeremy Corbyn, who says he will raise human rights with Xi on Tuesday. Rights group Amnesty International will also stage a protest meters from Buckingham Palace where he will lunch with the Queen.

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Xi arrives in London

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 01:24