Protesters dog Wen's UK tour

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Noisy protesters have dogged Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao’s visit to Britain.

Free-Tibet demonstrators gathered outside his Knightsbridge hotel and there were similar scenes when he visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and an MG factory.

Wen meets Prime Minister David Cameron today for talks concentrating on trade but expected to touch on human rights too.

European officials have given a cautious welcome to Sunday’s release from jail of Chinese dissident Hu Jia. There is concern that he will be kept under effective house arrest. In 2008 Hu was awarded the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for human rights.

European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek commented that “such people should be awarded, he should be supported not jailed.”

Outspoken artist Ai Weiwei was also freed a few days ago.

But some two dozen people have been seized so far this year and Germany – the next stop on Wen’s European tour – has pledged to raise the issue, despite China’s growing importance as a buyer of European debt.