Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport around 8:00 pm local time on October 19. The couple were greeted by Viscount Hood on behalf of the Queen and also by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Xi’s visit has sparked great interest from locals. The huge national flags of China and the UK flew from the city center to The Mall outside Buckingham Palace. British Royal Guards hold a ceremony to welcome President Xi.
A Gold State Coach will transport President Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan during their visit with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. This vehicle is a symbol of power and grandeur in the Royal Family and only used for important state occasions, such as the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.
President Xi and Peng Liyuan will have lunch with members of the royal family. The Queen personally checked the menu and floral centerpieces.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will become the head of state most recently welcomed by British Prime Minister David Cameron at Chequers Court, a tranquil country villa that has hosted a number of foreign dignitaries.
Red lanterns as well as British and Chinese flags line London’s Chinatown to welcome President Xi’s visit.
President Xi will pay a visit to the Imperial College London and National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.
Known as a football fan, President Xi has pushed forward a reform of China’s football. His upcoming visit to City Football Group in Manchester is becoming a heat topic among British football fans.
In 2014, the Sino-UK trade volume surpassed $80 billion, which was 15.3 percent higher than the previous year, making the UK the second-largest trade partner of China within the European Union. China’s investment in the UK reached $11.8 billion.
Xi’s visit is expected to be a new milestone in China-UK relations and will usher in a “golden age” in bilateral ties. (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
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The 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily