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Chinese State Visit

Asked what our main objectives were, the PMOS said, as he had this morning, this was the third time the Prime Minister had met President Hu this year. He had met him at Gleneagles and again in September when the Prime Minister had visited Beijing and now as part of this State Visit. To be clear this was primarily a State Visit with a political visit added on, rather than the other way round. It was part of the continuing conversation that we had with the Chinese now. That conversation involved issues such as the economy and trade. It also involved climate change, a very important part of Gleneagles and the follow up conference held in London last month. Human rights and democracy were also addressed, as they had been in Beijing when the Prime Minister held a press conference with Premier Wen. We found that on human rights issues these were generally better dealt with in private than in public. Asked if they would address the issue of nuclear non-proliferation and China bringing pressure to bear on North Korea, the PMOS said that this was obviously also part of the continuing conversation as was the whole issue of counter terrorism. Asked if the Prime Minister would raise, as part of the trade talks, concerns about the levels of counterfeit goods entering the EU, the PMOS said that they were part of the continuing conversation between the EU Commission and the Chinese and we leant our support to that. Whether it came up specifically in these bilateral talks was another matter.

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