Chinese President Xi Jinping getting down to business at the Downing Street residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The UK hopes to sign some 40 billion euros worth of contracts with British companies during Xi’s four day trip .. including a deal to help fund a nuclear power station in Britain.
The queen’s grandson Prince William and he wife received President Xi and his wife at Lancaster House on Wednesday.
They later inspected a new battery-powered black taxi which is set to be produced by the Chinese owned London Taxi Company.
Britain is being pitched Britain as the pre-eminent Western gateway for investment from China.
The warmth of the reception for Xi has raised some eyebrows and many concerns that London is ignoring China’s human rights record.
Protests on the streets have so far been small. They have been dominated by pro-Tibetan and pro-democracy groups, as well as supporters of the spiritual sect Falun Gong banned by China.
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