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Chinese artist and activist denied six-month visa to Britain

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By Euronews
Chinese artist and activist denied six-month visa to Britain

<p>Dissident Chinese artist and free speech activist Ai Weiwei has arrived in the German city of Munich. </p> <p>Ai told reporters that his application for a six-month visa in Britain had been denied in favour of a shorter period because he had not declared a “criminal conviction”, despite not being charged with any crime. </p> <p>In a statement provided by the British Embassy in Beijing, a spokesperson denied that the decision to reject Ai’s application for a six month visa was driven by fears he could be in Britain at the same time as the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. </p> <p>Ai told waiting reporters in the Bavarian capital that he was pleased he could travel again after his passport had been confiscated by authorities in China four years ago.</p>