Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed at Buckingham Palace as he begins his tour of the United Kingdom. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Human rights protesters vied with China supporters and tourists to see President Xi Jinping ride in a carriage with Queen Elizabeth to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the first day of a state visit Britain hopes will cement financial ties. Hailed as the beginning of a 'golden era' or 'golden time' in Sino-British relations, the visit, which will seal a host of business deals, has been criticised by activists who accuse Prime Minister David Cameron of turning a blind eye to abuses. But for Britain, the four-day visit is the culmination of a three-year charm offensive to show Britain "walking tall on the world stage", in a government minister's words. Cameron also hopes to attract investment in infrastructure, nuclear power and his government's planned transformation of northern England.