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Chinese Premier to visit Britain as ties improve after Tibet row

Published on Jun 13, 2014 5:31 PM
 
China's Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech during a celebration to mark 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relationship between Malaysia and China at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on May 31, 2014. Mr Li visits Britain next week, marking a further improvement of ties following a diplomatic freeze lasting more than a year due to Tibet-related tensions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Britain next week, marking a further improvement of ties following a diplomatic freeze lasting more than a year due to Tibet-related tensions.

Mr Li, the No. 2 leader of China's ruling Communist Party, departs Beijing on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. From Britain he will travel on to Greece.

In London, he is expected to have a rare audience with Queen Elizabeth II and will hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, whose May 2012 private meeting with the Dalai Lama was strongly condemned by Beijing.

Mr Li's trip to Britain is the first by a Chinese premier since his predecessor Wen Jiabao visited in 2011. The last Chinese president to go was Hu Jintao in 2005, whose visit was dogged by protests by pro-Tibet and human rights campaigners.

 
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