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Icons from Bond to Daleks on show to wow China's president Xi Jinping

By Tony Jones

Published 22/10/2015

Prince William and Xi Jinping walk past a Doctor Who display, including a dalek and Tardis
Prince William and Xi Jinping walk past a Doctor Who display, including a dalek and Tardis
Xi Jinping and David Cameron attend a joint press conference in 10 Downing Street
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge wait to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping at Lancaster House in London

The best of British was put on display for visiting Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - including James Bond's car and a Dalek.

Ahead of talks with David Cameron at Downing Street, the Chinese leader and William and Kate saw the iconic objects and learned about British and Chinese technology and creativity collaborations.

In the imposing setting of Lancaster House in central London, companies and institutions had set up stands to highlight their products and services.

On display was everything from an outlandish hat by leading British milliner Philip Treacy, a Dalek and Doctor Who's Tardis, a red London bus, black cab - and there was even a live performance by some of the cast from the hit show Poldark.

The Prime Minister later defended his decision to do business with China, as he hailed the completion of a multibillion-pound deal for the far eastern giant to invest in a new nuclear power station in Somerset.

"The stronger the relationship between our countries, the more we will be able to have a serious dialogue.

"We may not always agree, but we can discuss issues openly and constructively," he said.

China's investment in Hinkley Point forms part of what the Government hopes could amount altogether to £30bn of agreements during the four-day visit.

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