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Pomp, protest as Xi meets Queen
China’s President Xi Jinping rode in a
gilded carriage to Buckingham Palace
with Queen Elizabeth II past protesters
at the start of a visit to Britain expected
to focus on massive business deals.
Thousands of supporters cheered and
waved Chinese flags overnight as the
elaborate procession rode past, while
about 200 campaigners booed and
waved placards attacking China’s human
Xi also addressed parliament in a
rare honour for visiting dignitaries,
promising to lift relations between
Britain and China to “a new height”.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s
office said the visit will secure trade and
investment deals worth more than Â£30
billion ($68.6 billion) and lead to the
creation of more than 3900 jobs.
The most keenly awaited deal is an
agreement for a new nuclear power plant
in Britain in which French business
daily Les Echos said China could take
a one-third stake together with energy
The Chinese leader also took tea with
Prince Charles, a friend of the Dalai
Lama and who will not be attending
a State banquet for Xi later today in
what has been widely interpreted as a
Cameron has been accused by some
obser vers of kowtowing to China in a
bid for investment and the visit comes at
a particularly sensitive time as thousands
of jobs are being cut in Britain’s steel
sector, partly due to low Chinese steel
Leading Hong Kong pro-democracy
activist Joshua Wong, 19, who attended
a protest against Xi near Buckingham
Palace, said the prospect of Chinese
cash “has blinded the eyes of David
“I just hope the British government
and the British people can stand up
for democracy because so many people
in China are silenced and cannot stand
At the protest, campaigners waved the
Tibetan flag and held placards reading:
“End the Crackdown” and “Cameron:
Don’t Trade Away Human Rights”.
But they were outnumbered by
thousands of pro-Chinese demonstrators
sporting hats, t-shirts and flags.
The four-day State visit includes a
trip to Downing Street, Cameron’s
country residence Chequers, and even
Manchester City football club on Friday,
in a city that is keen to attract more
In a sign of increasingly close business
ties, the People’s Bank of China
overnight launched a yuan-denominated
bond in London for the first time as it
seeks to internationalise its currency.
Cameron heralded the visit as “a very
important moment for British-Chinese
relations,” but promised to address the
His spokeswoman told reporters
yesterday he would raise human rights
The Chinese-British relationship has
been rehabilitated since Cameron met
the Dalai Lama in 2012, sparking an
angry response from Beijing. — AFP
PICTURE: Getty Images
The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, rides in the diamond jubilee state coach with
Queen Elizabeth along The Mall on the first day of his State visit to Britain.
Clinton extends lead
Clinton has stretched her
lead over fellow White
House hopeful Bernie
Sanders in the race for the
after impressing in the
debate, a poll shows.
Vice-President Joe Biden,
the centre of feverish
possible entry in the fight
to be the next United States president,
sits third in the NBC-Wall Street
But it is Clinton who is firmly in the
lead, 20 points ahead of Sanders, with
Clinton getting the backing of 49% of
respondents, up from 42%
Support for Sanders, the
only genuine challenger
to ex-Secretary of State
Clinton, is down from 35%
to 29%, according to the
The poll offers scant
encouragement for Biden,
with support marginally
down at 15%.
The sur vey,
included 400 people who
said they would vote in a Democratic
primary, was conducted from October
15 to 18.
Clinton’s performance in the October
13 debate was widely seen as giving her
campaign renewed momentum. — AFP
Ex-Miss Austria dies after mountain fall
Former Miss Austria Ena Kadic
has died from injuries sustained
during a mountain fall while
jogging in her home State of Tyrol,
The 26-year-old had been in a
critical condition after plunging off
the side of the Bergisel mountain
near the city of Innsbruck on Friday.
Two students discovered the
severely injured woman near the
Drachenfelsen (Dragon rock)
panorama platform overlooking the
steep ravine of the Sill river.
Shortly after hitting the ground,
Kadic managed to call her brother
and inform him of the accident
before losing consciousness, police
She was rescued by helicopter and
taken to a hospital in Innsbruck,
where she succumbed to her
injuries last evening.
surrounding the accident remain
unclear, but police said the 2013
beauty competition winner was an
avid runner who knew the area well.
Some 115 people died and 2385
were injured between May and
September in the Austrian alps,
according to latest statistics. — AFP
Great Scott! It’s the future!
The year is 2015: Spielberg is
pumping out yet another Jaws sequel,
Hoverboards totally exist and all
you need to make a cheesy pizza
is a Hydrator capable of level four
Back to The Future fans are today
celebrating Back to The Future
Day — the exact day Marty McFly
and Doc Brown jumped into their
DeLorean time machine and arrived
in the “future” in the sequel to the
“Better chuck on my Nike power
lace up boots and jump into my hover
car and fly to work! #Future Day
#Back to the Future,” fan Adrian
“Happy #Back to the Future day!
Now I have one question 2015.
Where is my hoverboard?” Channel V
presenter Danny Clayton tweeted.
Whether it is pub trivia, Marty
McFly flash mobs or getting a lift in
a DeLorean, fans across the world are
getting into the futuristic festivities.
Some however have been
disappointed to wake up only to
realise they ’re still living in the same
old present day.
“ Walking to the bakery this morning
because I don’t have a hoverboard.
Disappointing. #Back to the Future,”
Karen Lyon said.
Others are having cinematic
“ Weird to think that after tomorrow
Back to the Future will be set
completely in the past,” Rob Meehan
tweeted. — AAP
Fans celebrate Back to the Future day
A scene from the 1985 film.
More than 250,000 people are
killed on China’s notoriously
dangerous roads every year, the
World Health Organisation says —
over four times official government
In a global status report on
road safety, the WHO estimated
261,367 people were killed in
2013 in the world’s most populous
China is the world’s biggest car
market and its growing middle
class is increasingly able to afford
The WHO figures
strikingly higher than official
pronouncements, in a country
where official statistics are often
According to China’s National
Bureau of Statistics, 58,539 traffic
fatalities were reported in 2013 —
fewer than a quarter of the WHO’s
Fatal road accidents are a serious
problem in China, where traffic
regulations are often flouted.
overcrowded long-distance buses
are prone to accidents, with
causing dozens of deaths.
“ It is not enough to adopt laws,”
Bernhard Schwartlaender wrote in
State media in May. “ They must
also be properly and rigorously
According to the WHO report,
China’s estimated traffic-related
death rate of 18.8 per 100,000
people was in line with the 18.5
countries but higher than the 9.3
seen in high-income nations.
Death rates remain comparatively
high in China because of inadequate
rescue systems and poor treatment,
according to a study by Chinese
researchers published in April by
medical journal The Lancet.
More than one in four who died on
China’s roads were pedestrians, the
WHO report said, citing statistics
from China’s ministry of public
security, and the vast majority of
fatalities — 72% — were men.
Road injuries are the third
leading cause of years of life lost to
premature death in China, ranking
above any individual form of cancer,
according to the Global Burden of
Disease Study, a global research
programme. — AFP
China suffers 250,000 road deaths a year
‘Unfit’ NSW councils
may face mergers
Councils across New South Wales
are mulling their options after a
found nearly two thirds were “unfit”,
marking them as possible candidates for
The Independent Pricing
Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) report
released late yesterday gave the thumbs up
to only 52 of 139 proposals submitted by
144 local councils, including four merger
proposals covering nine current councils.
Most councils that want to continue
as stand-alone operators passed the
financial criteria but fell down on
scale or capacity, and the report found
amalgamations could deliver $2 billion
in savings over the next 20 years.
“It does present a very bleak picture
of councils in NSW,” NSW Local
Government Minister Paul Toole told
parliament during question time.
Included among the councils whose
submissions were found wanting was the
City of Sydney.
IPART chairman Peter Boxall said it
failed the fitness test if measured against
the Baird government ’s tough Global
Long-ser ving Lord Mayor Clover
Moore was quick to reject that finding.
“ To say the city is somehow unfit in
the face of this strong evidence to the
contrary makes a mockery of the entire
review process, and throws into question
all decisions made as a result,” she said.
Councils have until November 18 to
make a final decision to government.
Syrian air space safety agreement
The United States and Russia have
signed a memorandum of understanding
that establishes air safety measures so pilots
from the two countries steer clear of each
other as they conduct separate bombing
campaigns. “ With today ’s signatures, the
memorandum of understanding is now
in effect,” Pentagon press secretary Peter
Cook said overnight. — AFP
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