China has set new standard, says British PM

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Beijing, Aug 25 (UNI) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has admitted that London has a tough job at hands to match the standard of the Olympics exhibited by Beijing.

The ''spectacular'' Beijing Olympics has set a new standard for the next host, London, Brown told President Hu Jintao here yesterday.

Brown arrived in Beijing with his family yesterday morning, despite calls for him to boycott the event from some opposition politicians.

''With the whole world watching, the Beijing Olympic Games has captured the imagination of the entire global community,'' Brown said at the Great Hall of the People.

''The 2008 Beijing Olympics has set a new standard for the Olympic Games which we in London in 2012 will seek to follow,'' he said.

Jintao warmly welcomed the Browns and thanked the British prime minister who, in a gesture of support of the Games, greeted the Olympic flame at No 10 Downing Street, his London residence, in April.

Brown is planning to use his visit to seek ways of ensuring the UK's medal haul in Beijing is not a one-off and that the Great Britain team builds on its success in 2012.

Britain won 18 gold medals, and was in third spot on the table behind China and the United States.

During the closing ceremony the Prime Minister did not reserve his cheers only for the British team but also lauded the ''spectacular success'' of the Chinese team.


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