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THE Chi­nese Pres­i­dent yes­ter­day met with Prince Charles and Camilla, ahead of the cer­e­mo­nial wel­come on Horse Guards Pa­rade in cen­tral Lon­don.

Xi Jin­ping ( left) and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan were greeted by the Prince of Wales on be­half of the Queen in the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel.

It was seen as a diplo­mat­i­cally sen­si­tive oc­ca­sion – Charles hasn’t had an easy re­la­tion­ship with Chi­nese lead­ers in the past.

Al­though a TV cam­era and a pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tured part of the en­counter be­tween the fu­ture king and the Com­mu­nist leader, no UK re­porters were in­vited to wit­ness the oc­ca­sion.

Charles was seen smil­ing as he shook hands with Mr Xi and the pair were also shown sit­ting and chat­ting on a sofa, as Charles spoke through an in­ter­preter.

It was the start of a day of en­gage­ments for Charles and Mr Xi – mi­nus the show­case state ban­quet last night.

Charles was fo­cus­ing on one-to-one talks with Mr Xi in­stead.

He es­corted the pres­i­dent by car to Horse Guards for the pomp and pageantry of the of­fi­cial wel­come by the Queen.

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