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British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, talks with Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang during the signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Britain should recognise it is not a big
power but "just an old European country
apt for travel and study", Chinese
State-run media has snapped as Prime
Minister David Cameron visited.
"China won't fall for Cameron's
'sincerity'," the headline of the sharply-
written editorial in the Global Times
newspaper said overnight, after Beijing
was outraged by Cameron's meeting
with the Dalai Lama last year.
e meeting had led to a diplomatic
deep-freeze between the two nations.
But yesterday the British prime
minister met Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang in Beijing where he signed a
series of trade deals, before holding talks
with President Xi Jinping.
Overnight, Cameron continued what
embassy o cials said was the largest
ever British trade mission to China with
a visit to the commercial hub Shanghai.
e prime minister has taken more
than 100 business people with him to
China, including the heads of Jaguar
Landrover, Rolls Royce and Royal
Dutch Shell and the chief executive of
the London Stock Exchange.
e prime minister met with Jack Ma,
founder of China's leading e-commerce
rm Alibaba and the eighth richest
man in the country, and Li Shifu, the
chairman of Geely, one of China's
biggest car makers.
Earlier this year Geely bought the
makers of the London taxi, Manganese
Bronze Holdings, after acquiring
Sweden's Volvo in 2010.
Cameron posted pictures of himself
on-line meeting Li next to one of the
"Making me feel at home --- black
cabs are becoming a big feature here,"
he tweeted, soon after posting another
Tweet saying: "A successful day in
Shanghai promoting British exports."
Cameron has kept human rights
rmly on the sidelines during his time
in China, but the Global Times said his
three-day visit "can hardly be the end
of the con ict between China and the
"Beijing needs to speed up the pace
of turning its strength into diplomatic
resources and make London pay the
price for when it intrudes into the
interests of China," the editorial said.
China denounces the Dalai Lama ---
who says he only wants greater autonomy
for Tibetans --- as a dangerous separatist.
" e Chinese government will surely
show courtesy to Cameron. But the
public does not forget his stance on
certain issues," the paper added.
e editorial also criticised what it
called London's interference in the
"transition process" of Hong Kong,
a British colony before its reversion
to China in 1997. It is due to adopt
universal su rage to choose its chief
executive in four years' time.
e paper warned that "Sino-British
ties can be halted again" over the issue.
" e Cameron administration should
acknowledge that the UK is not a big
power in the eyes of the Chinese," it
"It is just an old European country apt
for travel and study."
e Global Times has close ties to the
ruling Communist Party and often takes
a nationalist stance.
Asked if Cameron was disappointed by
the remarks, his spokesman in London
pointed to his positive meetings with
Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi
Jinping a day earlier. --- AFP
Yasser Arafat was not the victim
of poisoning, French forensic tests
concluded overnight, countering
the theory put forward by a Swiss
report on the 2004 death of the
e French conclusions were
immediately challenged by his
widow Suha Arafat, who has
argued the death was a political
assassination by someone close to
her husband. A senior Palestinian
o cial dismissed the report as
"You can imagine how much I
am shaken by the contradictions
between the ndings of the best
experts in Europe in this domain,"
Suha Arafat, dressed in black and
reading from a written statement,
told a news conference in Paris.
"I am accusing no one. is is in
the hands of justice and it is just the
beginning," she said, requesting that
the Swiss report be made available
to French judges examining the
Arafat, who signed the 1993
Oslo interim peace accords with
Israel but then led an uprising
after subsequent talks broke down
in 2000, died aged 75 in a French
hospital in November 2004. His
death came four weeks after he
fell ill after a meal, su ering from
vomiting and stomach pains.
e o cial cause of death was a
massive stroke, but French doctors
said at the time they were unable to
determine the origin of his illness.
No post-mortem examination was
Swiss forensic experts stirred
controversy last month by
announcing that results from
their tests of samples taken from
Arafat's body were consistent with
polonium poisoning, while not
absolute proof of the cause of death.
e report handed to Suha Arafat
will not be published, but a source
who had seen it quoted extracts to
" e results of the analyses allow
us to conclude that the death was
not the result of poisoning," the
source quoted it as concluding.
"Measurements of polonium 210
and other radioactive substances
taken from biological samples of
the body are consistent with a
natural environmental origin."
A Palestinian o cial dismissed
the French ndings.
" e French report is politicised
and is contrary to all the evidence
which con rms that the president
was killed by poisoning," senior
Palestinian o cial Wasel Abu
Yousef told Reuters in Ramallah.
" is report is an attempt to
cover up what happened in Percy
hospital," he said of the French
military hospital near Paris where
Arafat was taken for treatment in
ere are few known cases of
polonium poisoning, the most
famous recent example being that
of defecting Russian spy Alexander
Litvinenko, who drank a poisoned
cup of tea in a London hotel in
2006. --- Reuters
French tests rule out Arafat poisoning
Two of the most senior Royal Ulster
Constabulary o cers murdered by
the IRA in " e Troubles" were
ambushed following a leak from a
police station in the Irish Republic, a
damning report has found.
Chief Superintendent Harry Breen
and Superintendent Bob Buchanan
were gunned down on March 20,
1989, near the border in south
Armagh shortly after a meeting with
a senior gardai in County Louth.
A tribunal into collusion between
the Republic's Garda and the
Provisional IRA has found an
unidenti ed mole leaked information
about their movements on the day
they were killed.
In his 500-page report, Judge Peter
Smithwick found there was collusion
in the killings but he has not pointed
the nger at any individual o cer or
"It is particularly regrettable that
both police services acted swiftly to
dismiss speculation of the possibility
of collusion rather than to deal with
that by means of a thorough and
credible investigation," he found.
" is was an example of the
prioritisation of political expediency
in the short term, without due regard
to the rights of victims and the
importance of placing justice at the
centre of any policing system."
e tribunal was established in
2005, with lawyers spending six
years examining intelligence and
witness statements from police,
undercover agents, Provo bombers
and politicians during 133 days of
ree former garda o cers ---
Owen Corrigan, Leo Colton and
Finbarr Hickey --- were granted legal
representation and all vigorously
denied allegations of collusion.
e tribunal was set up as part of
a peace process deal after Canadian
judge Peter Cory recommended a
public inquiry be held into allegations
of collusion by garda o cers, or a
civilian in the force, over the murders
over Breen and Buchanan. --- PA
Inquiry finds Irish police collusion over IRA murders
A woman charged with
killing a fellow fan at
the end of an American
Football game was angry
that the victim and others
did not seem upset over a
loss to an arch rival team,
the sister of the slain
Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, has been
charged with murder in the killing of
36-year-old mother of three Michelle
Hoover police captain Jim Coker said
both women fans of the Alabama college
football team and at the same party for
Iron Bowl between the team and inter-
State rival Auburn.
With no time left on the clock, Auburn
returned a missed Crimson Tide eld
goal more than 100 yards for a 34-28
victory, dashing any hopes of Alabama
playing for a third straight national
Nekesa Shepherd, said she
witnessed the killing and
had no doubt it was about
football, even though it
was unclear to investigators
whether the violence was
motivated by the game.
" at's one of the things we are
investigating," Coker said yesterday.
Nekesa Shepherd said Briskey ew
into a rage when she saw the sisters and
others joking that the Crimson Tide's
loss was not as bad as if the NBA's
Miami Heat had lost a game.
"She said we weren't real Alabama fans
because it didn't bother us that they lost.
en she started shooting," Shepherd
Shepherd said she and her sister were
invited to the party by a mutual friend
who also invited Briskey. About two
dozen people were on hand. --- AP
Fan slain 'for not being
upset over loss'
A re ghter has br ought a dog back
to life after the canine's rescue from a
burning home in Melbourne.
Fire ghters were called to a
weatherboard home in Croydon South
after a re broke out about 3.30pm
A motionless dog was found in the
living room, su ering smoke inhalation.
Fire ghters resuscitated the dog, who
was not breathing for more than 30
No one was inside the home at the
time of the re.
e re took 20 minutes to control
with damage to the living areas and the
e cause of the re was not known.
Fireman saves dog from blazing house
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