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Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit: Jeremy Corbyn raises human rights and steel trade with China's leader

By Laura Elston and Joe Churcher

Published 20/10/2015

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks with the President of The PeopleÄôs Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks with the President of The PeopleÄôs Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
British opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, (R) meets with China's President Xi Jinping at Buckingham Place in London on October 20, 2015, on the first official day of a state visit. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for a four-day state visit as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron seeks stronger trade ties with the world's second-largest economy. AFP PHOTO / YUI MOK / POOLYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has raised China's human rights record and the impact of its exports on the UK steel industry in direct talks with the country's president.

Mr Corbyn held what the party described as "cordial and constructive" discussions with Xi Jinping at Buckingham Palace, where he is attending a royal banquet in the president's honour.

It had been suggested that he would use the formal function to raise the contentious issues if no private meeting could be arranged.

The pair met in the 1844 Room - the same grand room where the Duke of Cambridge earlier called on the Chinese leader.

As he entered the room via the adjoining Bow Room, Mr Corbyn was announced loudly by a page as "The Leader of the Opposition".

The pair shook hands cordially with Mr Corbyn placing his other hand on top and telling Mr Xi: "It's very nice to meet you. I look forward to our meeting."

Mr Corbyn introduced his small delegation to the Communist leader including shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn and shadow business secretary Angela Eagle, who also shook hands with Mr Xi.

The Labour leader and the president took their seats in identical chairs as Mr Xi began speaking at length through an interpreter telling Mr Corbyn: "It is indeed a great pleasure to meet you".

He expressed his congratulations to Mr Corbyn on his election as Labour leader and said "We stand ready to work together with Britain" on financial matters and on friendship.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (L) at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during Xi's ceremonial welcome on the first official day of a state visit. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for a four-day state visit as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron seeks stronger trade ties with the world's second-largest economy. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS JACKSONChris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
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China's President, Xi Jinping (L), accompanied by Prince Philip (behind, not pictured) reviews an honour guard on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks with the President of The PeopleÄôs Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, on the first day of the President's state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) inspect the guard of honour on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015 during the ceremonial welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on the first official day of a state visit. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for a four-day state visit as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron seeks stronger trade ties with the world's second-largest economy. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS JACKSONChris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with the China's President, Xi Jinping on the first day of the President's state visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of the Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China and Tibetan independence activists demonstrate near Parliament ahead of a visit by China's President, Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China activist demonstrate near Parliament ahead of a visit by China's President, Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China and Tibetan independence activists demonstrate near Parliament ahead of a visit by China's President, Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A pro-China activist holds a Chinese flag as he demonstrates near Parliament ahead of a visit by China's President, Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A member of the Household Cavalry marches onto Horseguards Parade ahead of the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Chinese State Visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: China's First Lady Peng Liyuan walks with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan greets dignitaries during the official welcome ceremony at Horseguards Parade on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honour during the official welcome ceremony at Horseguards Parade on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Spectators wait for Queen Elizabeth II and President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, to pass along The Mall after the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Spectators wait for Queen Elizabeth II and President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, to pass along The Mall after the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Spectators wait for Queen Elizabeth II and President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, to pass along The Mall after the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Queen Elizabeth II and President of The People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, ride in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach along The Mall after the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade for the Chinese President on the first day of his state visit to the UK on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prime Minister David Cameron talks with Home Secretary Theresa May after greeting China's President, Xi Jinping, at an honour guard on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Household Cavalry on Horseguards Parade ahead of the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Chinese State Visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A Pro-China supporter wears stickers with the Chinese flag on during a counter protest held nearby Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China supporters perform a dragon dance infront of supporters of Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A Pro-China supporter wears stickers with the Chinese flag on during a counter protest held nearby Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A small girl waves a Chinese flag during a counter protest held by Pro-China supporters nearby Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A man holds a scarf with the slogan "Free Tibet" on as supporters of Amnesty International protest against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: A Pro-China supporter wears stickers with the Chinese flag during counter protest held nearby Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: The President of China, Xi Jinping, is driven to Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prime Minister David Cameron ties his shoe laces during the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Chinese State Visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews a Guard of Honour on Horseguards Parade during the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Chinese State Visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Horseguards Parade during the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Chinese State Visit on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China supporters perform a dragon dance infront of supporters of Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China supporters perform a dragon dance infront of a supporter of Amnesty International who is holding a sign with the slogan "stand up for the oppressed in China and Tibet". Amnesty International are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Pro-China supporters perform a dragon dance infront of supporters of Amnesty International who are protesting against claims of a deterioration in human rights and censorship of the internet and media during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 20, 2015 in London, England. The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, are paying a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They will stay at Buckingham Palace and undertake engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Pomp, pageantry and protests greet China's president Xi Jinping on state visit  

Some nine Chinese officials had already taken their places their room before the press were ushered out of the 30 minute meeting.

The Labour MP, who is later attending the state banquet where the dress code is white tie and tails, was for this meeting, dressed in a white striped shirt, burgundy tie and fawn jacket.

A Labour spokesman said the subjects discussed included "the history of links between the UK, the Labour Party and China, in particular the huge contribution and sacrifice of the Chinese people in the struggle against fascism during the Second World War and the Labour Party's commitment to build constructively on that history".

They also touched on "the remarkable Chinese achievements in poverty reduction, lifting over 600 million people out of poverty and the lessons for the world agenda on human development", the "New Silk Road strategy", major threats to world security such as climate change, persistent economic inequality and international terrorism and "upgrading cultural and people-to people exchanges between China and the UK".

The statement continued: "Jeremy also raised the issues of human rights and the impact of Chinese imports on the UK steel industry. It was agreed there should be further discussion of co-operation on climate change and cultural exchanges and these issues at a meeting between him, shadow cabinet colleagues and Vice Minister Wang Chao later in the week."

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