Xi and Cameron toast ‘golden’ ties with pint of ale, fish and chips

Published on Oct 23, 2015 02:49 PM IST

After three days of pomp, deal-making and geopolitics, British Prime Minister David Cameron raised a pint to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday over a traditional pub dinner of fish and chips.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, drinks beer with Chinese President Xi Jinping.(AP Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, drinks beer with Chinese President Xi Jinping.(AP Photo)
Reuters | ByCadsden

After three days of pomp, deal-making and geopolitics, British Prime Minister David Cameron raised a pint to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday over a traditional pub dinner of fish and chips.

Cameron took a break from the formalities of hosting the state visit to take Communist Party General Secretary Xi to The Plough at Cadsden, near his official country residence at Chequers, for a fish and chip supper washed down with a pint of Green King IPA ale.

“I dropped into The Plough at Cadsden for a pint of IPA and some fish and chips with China’s President Xi,” Cameron said on Twitter.

Cameron was shown buying Xi a pint. Both leaders were later shown without neckties holding half-drunk pints of ale and chatting with locals.

Referring to an incident in 2012 when Cameron mistakenly left his eight-year-old daughter in the same pub following a Sunday lunch, Cameron told locals: “I’m not leaving my family here today, I’m not making that mistake again.”

Cameron has hailed a “golden era” in relations with China as he pitches Britain as the pre-eminent Western gateway for investment from China, though the warmth of the reception for Xi has raised some eyebrows with allies and drawn criticism that London is ignoring China’s human rights record.

Get Latest World Newsalong with Latest Newsfrom Indiaat Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals