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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng’s arrive at Manchester

9F8A4751The Chinese President and his wife arrived at Manchester airport on Thursday evening from London Heathrow on a B747-400. They were received by Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBE and Queen’s Representative Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith.

The Chinese delegation will depart directly to Beijing from Manchester Airport on Friday afternoon.

Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Mr Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan at his official country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire on Thursday. In a joint statement earlier, the leaders praised the trip as opening a “golden era” in UK-China relations.

The prime pair visited a pub near Princes Risborough for fish and chips and a pint.

Earlier, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to Mr Xi on the penultimate day of his UK state visit.

Mr Xi said goodbye to the Queen at Buckingham Palace before joining the Duke of York for a series of visits.

The Queen has hailed the president’s “milestone” trip, but there have also been demonstrations in London over China’s Tibetan policy and human rights issues during the four-day visit.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBE and Queen's Representative Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith welcome the Chinese leader and his wife at Manchester airport
Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBE and Queen’s Representative Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith welcome the Chinese leader and his wife at Manchester airport