THE Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the President of China, Xi Jinping, in an official visit on Tuesday October 20.
The Chinese President was honoured with a 41 gun salute and rode in a gilded carriage with Queen Elizabeth before speaking to lawmakers from both Houses of Parliament.
“China-UK relations will certainly embrace an even brighter future,” Mr Xi, 62, told the lawmakers.
Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were in attendance as the President’s words were translated.
“It is fair to say that China and the UK are increasingly interdependent and are becoming a community of shared interests,” the President added.
The four day visit is expected to be vital for more than £30 billion (€40.88 billion) of trade and investment deals between the two countries.
David Cameron has also promised to discuss the recent job losses in the UK steel sector with President Xi. Lower cost Chinese imports have been one of the factors blamed for the situation with one company, Tata Steel, announcing the loss of 1,200 jobs across the country in the most recent development.
Crowds of pro China supporters outside Buckingham Palace outnumbered protestors from such groups as the Free Tibet movement earlier in the day.