BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing Monday afternoon for a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The visit, scheduled from Oct. 19 to 23, is made by a Chinese president in ten years.
According to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Queen will host a welcome ceremony for Xi and invite him for both an informal lunch and a formal dinner.
Xi will hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and address a banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
In Manchester, the Chinese president will attend a banquet and visit research projects and local businesses.
Xi's entourage includes his wife Peng Liyuan; Wang Huning, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee; Li Zhanshu, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee; and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.
BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping's upcoming trip to Britain will promote both China-Britain and China-Europe ties, according to a signed article to be carried in the People's Daily on Monday.
Xi will pay his first state visit to Britain from Oct. 19 to 23. The trip is the first visit to Britain by a Chinese president in a decade, marking a key diplomatic exchange with Europe, the article said. Full story
BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping conducted a written interview with Reuters on Sunday, in advance of his state visit to Britain. Following is the full text. Full story