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Xi Jinping in UK: Prince Charles not to attend official banquet in his honor

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London, Oct 20: Prince Charles has decided to skip the state banquet being organised to honour visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, media reported.

The prince has not discussed his decision to skip the banquet on Tuesday night, however sources have claimed that he took the decision as he needs night off.

Prince to skip banquet in Xi's honor

Prince Charles has invited Xi and his wife to tea at Clarence House on Tuesday morning, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and meet them again privately in the afternoon.

While there will be demonstrations targeting Xi from human rights groups, it is highly unlikely that he will face any public criticism from British officials.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his cabinet ministers will meet Xi and Chinese officials on Wednesday that will focus on energy and trade.

Read More: Xi Jinping announces 3 lakh troop cut for Chinese military

The meeting will be followed by a news conference. Foreign policy issue will also be discussed over dinner on Thursday at the prime minister's official country residence, Chequers.

Major contracts or commitments for China to invest in Britain's nuclear-power industry is likely to be signed during the visit.

OneIndia News

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