Chinese President Xi Jinping requests fish and chips on UK visit
Visit starts with pomp, ceremony and protests
President Xi Jinping arrives at Buckingham Palace in the Queen's gold carriage.The Chinese President addressed Westminister parliament on Tuesday as part of the pomp-laden visit during which more than $US46 billion of deals are expected to be signed.
Britain rolled out the red carpet for Xi, who was honoured with a 41-gun salute and given a ride in a gilded carriage with Queen Elizabeth before addressing both Houses of Parliament.
A few dozen protesters called on Prime Minister David Cameron to raise human rights with Xi, but they were outnumbered by the thousands of China supporters thronging The Mall as Xi rode with the queen for a private lunch.
Human rights protesters at Westminster. Photo: Carl Court"It is fair to say that China and the UK are increasingly interdependent and are becoming a community of shared interests," said Xi, who quoted Chinese proverbs, William Shakespeare and English statesman Francis Bacon in his speech to parliament.
Xi's welcome was steeped in pageantry, underlining the growing importance of China to Britain: Cameron hopes the visit will cement a lucrative place for Britain as Beijing's closest friend in the West.
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