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China's President Xi departs UK after state visit

China's four-day state visit to the United Kingdom has concluded.

During his tour of Britain, President Xi met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, signed off on billions of pounds-worth of trade deals, had a pint in David Cameron's local and met with football stars from Manchester City.


Queen and Duke bid farewell to China's President

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have bid farewell to China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace, where they have been staying since arriving in the UK on Monday.

The couple will be entertained by David Cameron and wife Samantha at his Buckinghamshire country retreat Chequers on the third day of the state visit.

David Cameron will entertain Chinese President at Chequers

President Xi and David Cameron Credit: PA

David Cameron will entertain President Xi at his Buckinghamshire country retreat on day three of the Chinese president's state visit.

International affairs are expected to dominate talks at Chequers, including China's response to the rise of Islamist extremism.

Mr Xi and wife Peng Liyuan will bid a formal farewell to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, where they have been staying since arriving on Monday evening, before the president joins the Duke of York for a series of visits.

The couple will then head to Chequers where they will dine with Mr Cameron and wife Samantha.

Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence near Ellesborough in Buckinghamshire Credit: PA


Chinese President: Protection of human rights of 'great importance'

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China attaches "great importance" to the protection of human rights.

Asking about human rights by a British journalist at a joint press conference with David Cameron at Downing Street, XI said China had found a path of development suited to the country's current conditions.

He added: "Looking around the world, there is always room for improvement.".

In reply to the question, Mr Cameron said a strong economic relationship with China was important so that other issues such as human rights could be discussed.

Power firm bosses welcome nuclear deal with China

EDF chairman Jean-Bernard Levy has welcomed a multi-billion pound deal signed with Chinese nuclear firm CGN.

The deal will see the construction of an £18bn new nuclear plant at Hinckley Point in Somerset, as well as the joint development of nuclear projects in Sizewell, Suffolk, and Bradwell, Essex.

The plant in Bradwell, pictured in 2002 as it came to the end of its previous lifespan Credit: PA

Today marks a big step forward for EDF's 30 year partnership with our Chinese partner CGN.

Our ambitious nuclear projects are strongly supported by the governments of the UK, China and France and they will bring benefits to all three countries.

I am confident that our experience and ability mean we will successfully deliver Hinkley Point C and subsequent projects.

We are planning for a final investment decision within weeks so that we can move forward with construction.

– Jean-Bernard Levy

Meanwhile, CGN chairman He Yu said he was pleased to be moving into the UK's nuclear market.

This is also a triple-win for the existing nuclear energy partnership between China, France and the UK.

CGN is highly committed to delivering safe, cost efficient, and sustainable energy and to supporting the UK's goal of becoming a low-carbon society.

– He Yu, CGN

EDF signs multi-billion pound nuclear deal with China

The building of a new nuclear power station in Britain will go ahead after China agreed to invest billions in buying significant stakes in Britain's industry, energy firm EDF has confirmed.

CGN will take on a 20 per cent stake in the nuclear project at Sizewell in Suffolk Credit: PA

For £6 billion, the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) will take on a 33 per cent share of a new nuclear power station in Hinckley Point, Somerset - which will cost some £18bn in total.

CGN will also take on a 20 per cent stake in a nuclear project at Sizewell in Suffolk, helping build two more Areva-designed EPR reactors, and EDF has agreed to help the firm build a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor at a site in Bradwell, in which they will have a 66.5 per cent stake.

EDF said it may sell another 15 per cent stake in Hinkley Point to another partner at a point in future, but would keep a majority.

And the energy company said it will retain a 33.5 per cent stake in the Bradwell project.

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