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Published 20/10/2015

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
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
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)
TOPSHOTS Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery ride into Buckingham Palace in central London on October 20, 2015 during the carriage procession as part of 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 / TOBY MELVILLETOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
A protester at The Mall in London, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive on the first day of their state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
MoD handout photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and Chinese President Xi Jinping inspecting the troops at Horse Guards Parade, London, during the ceremonial welcome for the president on the first day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Sgt Rupert Frere/MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea 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: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea 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: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, with Royal harpist Anne Denholm as they tmeet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea 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: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Buckingham Palace in London ahead of this evening's state banquet to honour China President Xi Jinping on the first full day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
(Left to right) The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, view a display of Chinese items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace in London, during the first day of the Chinese state visit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
Chinese President Xi Jinping during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade for the Chinese President on the first day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), as he inspects a Guard of Honour during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, London, for the President on the first day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose as they meet for tea at Clarence House in central London on October 20, 2015, on the first official day of Xi's 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 / EDDIE MULHOLLANDEDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP/Getty Images
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
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (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
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) 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
China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech to lawmakers in the Royal Gallery in the Palace of Westminster 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 / POOL / DAN KITWOODDan Kitwood/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reacts as she travels with Chinese President Xi Jinping to Buckingham Palace in London, in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach on October 20, 2015, following the Chinese president'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 / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shakes hands with China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (C) as Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2nd R) looks on at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the Chinese president'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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping si aboard the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach before travelling to Buckingham Palace in London on October 20, 2015, following the Chinese president's ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade 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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping travel in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach to Buckingham Palace in London on October 20, 2015, following the Chinese president'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 / YUI MOKYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping travel in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach to Buckingham Palace in London on October 20, 2015, following the Chinese president'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 / YUI MOKYUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L), and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, look on at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the Chinese president'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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan look on at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the Chinese president'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 / ALASTAIR GRANTALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (L) 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
An officer of the Grenadier Guards leans out of a file of Guardsmen to check their positions in the guard of honour on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015 ahead of 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 / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) inspects 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 / ALASTAIR GRANTALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) inspects 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 / ALASTAIR GRANTALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (C) greets dignitaries flanked by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L), at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the ceremonial welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife 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 / ALASTAIR GRANTALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) 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 / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (back) 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 / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
A protester carrying a Tibet flag is surrounded by activists holding a large Chinese flag on the Mall in central London on October 20, 2015 ahead of the carriage procession as part of 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 / JACK TAYLORJACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images
Armed police officers patrol in front of anti-Chinese government protesters positioned on the Mall in central London on October 20, 2015 for the carriage procession as part of 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 / JACK TAYLORJACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images
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
Wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan (L) talks with Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) as they leave a hotel in central 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 / POOL / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
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)

The Queen has hailed the "milestone" visit of China's president Xi Jinping to Britain and declared Anglo-Chinese ties are being taken to "ambitious" new heights.

In her speech during a dazzling Buckingham Palace state banquet, held in honour of the visiting head of state, the Queen told her guest "we have much reason to celebrate the dynamic, growing economic relationship between our countries".

The white-tie dinner saw two memorable firsts, an attendance by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a major development in their role as members of the monarchy.

All eyes were on Kate who dazzled in her bespoke Jenny Packham gown - red in recognition of the Chinese - and lotus flower tiara, a favoured piece of jewellery loaned by the Queen.

The four-day state visit by China's leader has been lauded by David Cameron who has described it as an "important moment'' in the relations between the two nations.

The Queen told the president: "Your visit to the United Kingdom marks a milestone in this unprecedented year of co-operation and friendship between the United Kingdom and China, as we celebrate the ties between our two countries and prepare to take t hem to ambitious new heights."

She went on to highlight the efforts of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping whose vision of "one country two systems" had borne "remarkable fruit".

Speaking about Deng's achievements the Queen added: "Rapid economic growth and development has transformed the lives of people across China and lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty: a huge and historic achievement with far reaching positive effects on people's lives."

Mr Xi's four-day trip is expected to set the seal on more than £30 billion of trade and investment deals.

But the Prime Minister is facing pressure to raise with the president concerns about China's human rights record, and the "dumping'' of cheap steel - which is blamed for the loss of thousands of British steel jobs in the last few days.

A protester at The Mall in London, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive on the first day of their state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A protester at The Mall in London, as Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive on the first day of their state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Critics have warned that Britain will "rue the day'' it forged deeper ties with China and accused the Government of acting like a ''panting puppy'' in its relations with the country.

But Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond insisted the move was in the national interest.

Commons Speaker John Bercow appeared to obliquely criticise China twice on the day its president addressed both Houses of Parliament.

President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea 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: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
President of The People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan, meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London for China Tea 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: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Intervening during a question in the Commons comparing the UK's relationships with China and India, ahead of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK next month, Mr Bercow said: "And of course the Indian prime minister is the representative of a great democracy.''

Later when he introduced Mr Xi before his address to MPs and Peers, he said China should aspire to be seen as a "moral inspiration'' to the world as it takes its place as an international superpower - something that may be interpreted as a veiled reference to Beijing's poor human rights record.

The Queen, who wore a white tulle banquet dress embroidered with diamante sequins, went on to tell her guest: "Your visit to the United Kingdom marks a milestone in this unprecedented year of co-operation and friendship between the United Kingdom and China, as we celebrate the ties between our two countries and prepare to take them to ambitious new heights."

The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), as he inspects a Guard of Honour during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, London, for the President on the first day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), as he inspects a Guard of Honour during the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, London, for the President on the first day of his state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL China. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

In his response to the Queen's address the president said: "China and Britain respectively represent the great Oriental and Western civilisations.

"Though far apart geographically, our two countries have long engaged in close interactions."

He went on to say: "As an old Chinese adage goes, Opportunity may knock just once; grab it before it slips away. In Britain, you also have a famous saying, A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) 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
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) 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

"As China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership enters the second decade this year, let us seize the opportunity, and work together to usher in an even brighter future for China-UK relationship."

Among the guests were Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney.

Members of the royal family who attended included the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shakes hands with China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (C) as Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2nd R) looks on at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the Chinese president'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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shakes hands with China's First Lady Peng Liyuan (C) as Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2nd R) looks on at the royal pavilion on Horse Guards Parade in central London on October 20, 2015, during the Chinese president'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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (L) 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
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (L) 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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