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Decades of friendship


President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom from Oct 19 to 23 at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. This will be the first official visit by Chinese President over the past 10 years and the friendship of Chinese leaders and British royals spans generations.

Decades of friendship

President Xi Jinping meets with Britain's Prince William at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 2, 2015. ( Photo / Agencies)

Prince William's trip in March marked the highest-profile royal visit to China since 1986, when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip traveled to the country.

The second-in-line to the throne was on a three-day trip to China on behalf of the UK government to open a festival celebrating British creativity and innovation, the first major event in a year of cultural exchange between the countries.

Decades of friendship

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives Premier Li Keqiang at Windsor Castle in southern England on June 17, 2014. ( Photo / Agencies)

China and the UK represent oriental and western civilizations respectively, Li said when meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth recalled her visit to China in 1986, saying the trip deeply impressed her.

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