Chinese president meets Queen Elizabeth II and PM Cameron

British Queen invites Chinese president to make his first state visit to UK

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping, upon the invitation of the Queen Elizabeth II, will meet both the Queen and the British Prime Minister David Cameron with whom he is expected to talk the imprisoned Nobel Prize winner who was arrested for organising a petition urging for an end to one-party rule. 

During the visit on Tuesday, the Queen will hold a welcoming ceremony for the president, and invite him for lunch and a formal dinner.

Xi will also hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and meet with parliamentary members and leaders of opposition parties prior to a speech detailing China's domestic and foreign policies.

Chinese President is criticised by several human rights organisations for 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiabo’s imprisonment while Cameron has also been criticized by activists for turning a blind eye to China’s human right abuses.

Weeks before Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain, twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners had called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to call China publicly for the release of their fellow laureate, Liu Xiaobo and his wife.

Led by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, they wrote to Cameron on September to force him to release the couple.

The letter read, "We believe that unless leaders like you take urgent action, both publicly and privately, that China will continue to believe it can act with impunity and without consequence for its behavior."

2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is now 59, involved in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests crushed by the Chinese army and sentenced to 11 years in 2009 on charges for organizing a petition for an end to one-party rule.

Activists frequently hold protests to urge China set 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo free.

China has praised Britain for its secrecy policy in dealing with rights issues, dealing with them behind the doors.

It is a policy that is more effective than public criticism, London claims.

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