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Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 09:46

Chinese President to visit UK

By Xinhua

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom next week, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

President Xi will make the visit at the invitation of British Queen Elizabeth II from Oct 19 to 23, according to spokesman Lu Kang.

Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, would stay at Buckingham Palace, the palace said in a statement, according to an email from the British embassy in Beijing sent out late September.

The last Chinese head of state to visit Britain was President Hu Jintao in 2005.

A state visit usually includes a visit to parliament and a meeting with the prime minister.

Prince William, the queen's grandson, visited China in March, becoming the first high-level British royal to go to the country since the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, visited in 1986.

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