Chinese President Xi Jinping 'Deeply Impressed' With UK Ties

© AP Photo / Chris JacksonBritain's Queen Elizabeth II, foreground left, stands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife, Peng Liyuan and Prince Philip, during the official ceremonial welcome for the Chinese State Visit, in London
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, foreground left, stands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife, Peng Liyuan and Prince Philip, during the official ceremonial welcome for the Chinese State Visit, in London - Sputnik International
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President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that he was "deeply impressed" with China's bilateral ties with the United Kingdom, during his address to the British parliament.

LONDON (Sputnik) – Xi, who landed in London late on Monday to start the first high-level state visit to the United Kingdom in a decade, said that his impressions give "good reason" to believe that the countries' bilateral relations could reach "a new height."

"Although my visit has just started, I am already deeply impressed by the vitality of China-UK relations and the profound friendship between our peoples," Xi said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is escorted as he inspects a guard of honour during the official welcome ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The Chinese president lauded the United Kingdom, which is currently vying for greater economic cooperation with China, for leading the world in off-shore trading in the Chinese national currency, the yuan, and being the first to apply to be a founding member of its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

"It is fair to say that China and the UK are increasingly interdependent and becoming a community of shared interests," Xi said.

After addressing both houses of the British parliament, the Chinese leader is expected to attend a UK-China business summit and visit several UK educational institutions, as well as businesses, including the Chinese-based Huawei Technologies, and Britain’s Inmarsat satellite enterprise.

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