China's Premier Li heads to Britain to present the 'real China'
Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:09 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - China's Premier Li Keqiang left on Monday for a three-day visit to Britain, state media reported, in a trip aimed at further warming ties frozen more than a year ago over Tibet.
Mr Li departed Beijing on Monday afternoon, the official news agency Xinhua reported.
In Britain, he is expected to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II and hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, whose May 2012 meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama infuriated Beijing.
In a piece in Britain's Times newspaper, Mr Li said that, in addition to bolstering economic ties, he hoped "to present the real China so as to change misperceptions and ease misgivings" and also "to draw on British perspectives and experience".
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