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[15 April 2012] Three of China's top leaders, including Propaganda Chief Li Changchun, faced a nosiy protest upon their arrival in the UK. Tibetans and Tibet supporters were joined by Chinese and Uyghur human rights defenders for a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London, calling on China to respect human rights and freedoms.

[Update: 17 April] Part of the Chinese officials' programme was to visit the London Book Fair, a major international trade fair for the publishing industry, where China was the main focus. Liu Binjie, Minister for the Press and Publications, pulled out of giving a keynote address at the London Book Fair following protests by Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists.

Photos on facebook I Report on London Book Fair actions

Li ChangchunThe Chinese leaders visiting the UK were:
  • Li Changchun - (pictured right, above) the Propaganda chief of the Communist Party of China and the fifth-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (the top decision making body).
  • Liu Yandong - (pictured right, below) State Councillor and former head of the United Front Work Department (2002-2007). During her visit Liu Yandong will co-chair the inaugural meeting of what is described as a Liu Yandong"China-UK high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism" and will attend the London Book Fair as a guest of honor. Liu is the highest-ranked female politician in the Chinese Communist Party, and the only woman with a seat on the Politburo.
  • Liu Binjie - Minister of the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP). The GAPP is responsible for regulating (including censorship and banning) and distribution of news, print and internet publications in China. Liu Binjie is a keynote speaker at the London Book Fair (Earls Court 16-18 April).
The protest on 15 April was jointly organised by Tibet Society, the Tibetan Community in Britain and Students for a Free Tibet.

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