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David Cameron insists China visit will benefit whole of North West, not just Manchester

The Prime Minister has told Granada Reports the visit of the Chinese President to Manchester will create thousands of jobs and benefit the whole of the North West.

Asked whether he felt Xi Jinping's visit had failed to bring with it as big a showpiece economic investment as expected, the Prime Minister said the announcement of 4 new flights from Manchester to Beijing would bring thousands of tourists and new jobs to the North West, and he reiterated the significance of the Middlewood Locks project in Salford.


Aguero enjoys selfie with world leaders

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero took this selfie with President Xi of China and Prime Minister David Cameron during their visit to the Etihad Campus.

The Argentinian striker had earlier seen his title-winning goal replayed for the Chinese president, who applauded and smiled.

Hundreds gather on streets of Manchester for Chinese president Xi Jinping

Hundreds of British-based Chinese people gathered in Manchester for the visit of the country's president Xi Jinping.

Red flags of China were held aloft alongside Union flags as crowds stood three and four deep outside Manchester Town Hall at barriers ringing the square.

Enthusiastic youngsters chanted: "We love you president Xi." More red and gold banners in mandarin proclaimed "Hello president Xi. A warm welcome."

Police surrounded the town hall amid a huge security operation but the hundreds of people gathered appeared to be supporters of the visit.

However in one corner of the square a smaller number of protesters were grouped with a banner demanding Justice For Human Rights.

Jasmine Su, 21, a sociology and fashion student at Manchester University, from Xinjiang in China, said:

"We are here to welcome our president and his wife." "We live abroad and we love our country, this is the only thing we can connect with our home country while living here."

– Jasmine Su, student

Away from the smiles and cheering of supporters, protesters stood in silence holding up banners with the words Falun Dafa and Falun Gong, a spiritual group which has faced persecution in China.

There did appear to be some stage management and co-ordination of the large turnout of supporters, with some Chinese people walking around with lists with what appeared to be people's names on and one man in a suit who appeared to be organising the gathering and directing the "spontaneous" gathering.

There were also cardboard boxes with flags of China inside being handed out and more discarded boxes used to bring the large banners set up and proclaiming support for president Xi.

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.

Chinese President arrives for Manchester visit

Xi Jinping getting off his plane at Manchester Airport Credit: ITV

The Chinese president is in Manchester as part of a tour of the UK.

Xi Jinping landed at Manchester Airport late last night.

He'll be visiting the National Graphene Institute, the town hall and the home of Manchester City.

Promises of hundreds of millions of pounds for the region's economy are widely expected.

Road closures for visit of Chinese President to Manchester

Chinese President Xi Jinping Credit: Press Association

Transport for Greater Manchester say a number of short term road closures are taking place in Manchester city centre today for the visit of the Chinese President.

Between 6am and 10am Mount Street will operate as a single lane only through Albert Square to the John Dalton Street and Princess Street junction.

From 10am Mount Street will be closed between Peter Street and the junction of John Dalton Street and Princess Street and Peter Street will be closed between Southmill Street and Mount Street.

From 11am John Dalton Street/Princess Street will be closed between St James’s Square and Cooper Street.

The road closures are expected to be in place until mid-afternoon.

Chinese President heads for Manchester

Final preparations are being made for the arrival in the North West of the president of China: one of the world's most powerful and controversial leaders.

Xi Jinping's visit will include Manchester University and the Ethiad Stadium, with expected promises of hundreds of millions of pounds for the region's economy.

It's the only stop outside London of his state visit, but Mr Xi may not be welcomed by everyone, as our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports:

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