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Chancellor George Osborne greets Chinese president at Manchester's National Graphene Institute

Chinese President visits Manchester

Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron will be in Manchester for the final day of the Chinese president's state visit. There will be more courting of the worlds 2nd largest economy, more talk about the Northern Powerhouse - and football.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and David Cameron Credit: pa

The president will tour a football academy to meet former players from Manchester City and United and watch a training match during the visit. There's also expected to be an announcement of a new air route between China and Manchester. .

The Prime Minister and president will also attend a lunch at Manchester Town Hall, alongside more than 200 businesses, civic leaders and community representatives from across the north of England and China.

Other deals include Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (BCEG) being appointed as main contractor for the Middlewood Locks regeneration project in Salford.


First Airbus A 350 flight into UK

The Airbus A350 has made its first passenger flight into the UK - and it's a triumph for North West engineering expertise. That's because the wings are made at the Airbus factory at Broughton near Chester. Last summer, our cameras followed the wings as they were transported through the French countryside to be assembled at the company's other plant in Toulouse. 800 orders have been made for the plane around the world, hopefully securing thousands of jobs in the region. Mike Pearse was on the first flight.

New Airbus to make first UK passenger flight

The Airbus A350, which is made in part in the North West, is making its first UK passenger flight. Around a thousand workers from the Airbus factory in Broughton, near Chester, helped to build the wings of the aircraft.

Assembly of the wings took place at Broughton near Chester Credit: Airbus
An Airbus A350 Credit: Airbus

Assembly of the plane's 32-metre-long carbon fibre wings took place at a purpose built factory on the Broughton site.

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