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China's Xi says goodbye to queen, set for talks with Cameron

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd left, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, left, bid farewell to President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, back to camera, and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan from Buckingham Palace yesterday, in London.


British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to discuss the fight against extremism with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a state visit hailed as a landmark visit by both China and Britain.

Xi and his wife said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II yesterday after spending two nights at Buckingham Palace. Xi will dine at Cameron's country estate, Chequers, before visiting Manchester to end his four-day trip.

Cameron's office said yesterday's talks would focus on international affairs and how China can help battle extremism.

The high-profile visit has seen the two countries sign more than £30 billion (US$46 billion) in trade agreements and attracted protests.

It has dominated state media in China, where the Communist Party newspaper the Global Times said "the Sino-UK relationship will expect the harvest of the 'golden era".