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Chinese Premier to visit UK 17-19 June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
[16 June 2014, UPDATED] Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is due to visit the UK on 17-19 June, during which time he is expected to meet the Queen, Prime Minister Cameron and various business leaders. Take Action: Send a message to David Cameron and urge him to raise Tibet with Premier Li. Join the demonstrations.

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1. Join the demonstrations in London
2. Send a message to Prime Minister David Cameron
3. Send a message to your MP


1. Join the demonstrations
The full schedule of Premier Li's visit is not yet known. However, Li is due to meet David Cameron at Downing Street on Tuesday 17 June. He is also expected to meet the Queen, business leaders and possibly the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Mayor of London. Further details will be added as they become known.

Tuesday 17 June: 9am - 2pm
Protest outside Downing Street
Premier Li is meeting with David Cameron and they will be holding a joint press conference.
Gather opposite Downing Street, on Whitehall SW1A 2AA. Map

Nearest tubes: Westminster or Charing Cross


Tuesday 17 June: From 6pm
Protest outside the Natural History Museum
A banguet is being hosted at the Natural History Museum for 650 Chinese and British politicians, business-people and dignataries, with Premier Li as guest of honour.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5DBMap
Nearest tubes: South Kensington

Wednesday 18 June: 10am
Protest outside Mansion House

Premier Li is understood to be attending meeting at Mansion House (opposite the Bank of England).
Mansion House, Walbrook, London EC4N 8BH.  Map
Nearest tube: Bank

Wednesday 18 June: 3pm
Protest at Parliament Square

Premier Li is meeting the Speaker of the House.
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX.  Map 
Nearest tube: Westminster





Premier Li to meet Queen at Windsor Castle
Date and time not known. BBC (16/6/14) confirm the meeting will take place at Windsor Castle, but time and date not confirmed.

Details of other planned demonstrations will be posted here. Follow us on twitter (@tibetsociety) for latest updates.


2. Send a message to David Cameron
Call on the Prime Minister to raise Tibet as a matter of priority when he meets Premier Li.


In particular, ask David Cameron to urge the Chinese government to:
end their oppressive policies in Tibet;

release all Tibetan political prisoners;
commute the death sentence of Dolma Gyab, (following up on the Foreign Secretary's statement of 3 September 2013);
respect the human rights of the Tibetan people as guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and China's own constitution;
enter into an earnest dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan people in order to bring about a peaceful resolution to the issue;
open Tibet to foreign media and humanitarian agencies.

In addition, call on the British Prime Minister to make a public statement during Li's visit calling on the Chinese government to resolve the underlying grievances of the Tibetan people and enter into unconditional negotiations with Tibetan representatives.

Prime Minister David Cameron
Write to: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Email via website https://email.number10.gov.uk

Send a tweet to @David_Cameron or @Number10gov


Example tweets:
@David_Cameron Speak up for those who China attempts to silence. Raise Tibet and human rights when you meet Premier Li. #StandUpForTibet
@Number10gov The UK has a duty to defend human rights. Call on Chinese Premier Li to end oppressive policies in Tibet & uphold rule of law.



3. Send a message to your MP

Ask your MP to call on the UK government to defend the human rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people.
Ask your MP if they think it is appropriate that the Chinese government demands to meet the Queen, whilst cracking down on the freedom of expression, and simultaneously telling the British Prime Minister not to meet the Dalai Lama.

To contact your MP: go to findyourmp.parliament.uk, call the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272 or write to: [Your MPs name], House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. You can also send a message via www.writetothem.com.


Send a tweet to your MP, for example:
[@ you MP] Please call on Cameron & UK gov't to support Tibetan freedom & human rights during meetings with Chinese Premier Li.
[@ you MP] Is it appropriate for the Queen to meet leader of govt responsible for
oppression in Tibet & crackdown on freedom of expression?

If you receive a response please send a copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tibet Society, Unit 9, 139 Fonthill Road, London N4 3HF.



Background to visit
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (pictured below with David Cameron in December 2013) is due to visit the UK on 17-19 June 2104 and meet with the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and business leaders.

David Cameron & Li Keqiang December 2013Downing Street confirmed the visit on 10 June, saying the agenda for the London summit will include "a wide range of bilateral issues, including trade, investment, commercial opportunities, energy and cultural ties".

Prime Minister's official spokesman has also been quoted as saying human rights will be on the agenda.

Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency, said the aim of Li's trip to the UK "is to build upon the momentum and infuse new vigor into the China-Britain comprehensive strategic partnership". It specifically noted China's interest in the construction of a nuclear power plant, investment in high-speed rail projects and the growth of the offshore RMB market in London.

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was quoted by Xinhua as saying, "We are very much looking forward to Premier Li's visit... Energy is going to be a key part of discussion... as well as negotiations about nuclear power and renewable projects."

China demands Premier Li meets the Queen
According to media reports, Li Keqiang's visit to the UK was threatened to be cancelled unless the Premier was granted a meeting with the Queen. Chinese diplomats apparently told their British counterparts the meeting with the Queen was a "deal-breaker" and visit would be scrapped unless it was guaranteed.

The government has seemingly acquiesced to China's demand, as the meeting is expected to take place. A government source was quoted as saying, The Chinese are hard negotiators.

Apparently the Chinese officials also demanded to know such minutiae as the style of dress Samantha Cameron would wear at the official function between the Premier and Prime Minister.

An article by the Financial Times noted that "the status being afforded to the Chinese Premier has also created controversy given Chinas record on human rights."

The FT article then quoted Tibet Society: It would seem the UK are kowtowing to Chinas demands in order to curry favour. Such acquiescence must not be at the price of speaking out on Tibet and human rights.

Li Keqiang profile
Li KeqiangLi Keqiang, is the second highest ranking official in the Chinese government. He is the Premier of the State Council, succeeding Wen Jiabao in March 2013. He is number two in the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, China's paramount authority, second only to President Xi Jinping.

Until his appointment as Premier, Li had kept a relatively low political profile and had travelled abroad on relatively few occasions. He visited the UK in January 2011 as Vice Premier and met Prime Minister Cameron. This will be his first visit to the UK as Premier.

UK-China relations
Cameron & Li, December 2013Premier Li's visit comes six months after David Cameron led a trade mission to China. During the December 2013 trip, the British Prime Minister met President Xi Jinping as well as Premier Li (pictured right) and signed trade deals worth over 6 billion. The Prime Minister told reporters that he raised human rights with the Chinese leadership, but not specifically Tibet.

Cameron's trip to China came after a year and a half of frosty diplomatic relations between the UK and China, following Cameron's meeting with the Dalai Lama in May 2012.

President Xi Jinping has yet to visit the UK. The last Chinese President to visit the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. In 2011, David Cameron met the former Premier, Wen Jiabao, in London, signing trade deals worth 1.4 billion. At the time, Cameron was criticised for only making a weak public statement on human rights, saying they are "the best guarantor" for a stable and prosperous society.

Official data shows the UK exported 12.4 billion worth of goods to China in 2013, up from 7.6 billion in 2010 when David Cameron took office. In January, Xinhua reported that China-UK bilateral trade had increased by 11% in 2013, surpassing 41 billion. Overall trade between China and Europe only grew 2.1%. (Note: this disbands any theory that David Cameron meeting the Dalai Lama damaged economic relations with China.)

Further reading:
Telegraph: David Cameron to meet Chinese premier Li Keqiang at London summit (10 June)
Xinhua: Britain keen to strengthen energy ties with China (11 June)
Xinhua: Premier Li's Europe trip to deepen win-win cooperation (12 June)
Dail Mail: China's PM 'threatens to cancel critical visit to London unless he can meet the Queen' (12 June)
Financial Times: Chinese premier to meet Queen Elizabeth during UK visit (12 June) (Sign-up required to read article online)
Profile of Li Keqiang (Chinese-leaders.org)
Tibet Society: Wen Jiabao secures UK trade without official tirade (June 2011)
Tibet Society: Cameron's visit to China: Media reports (December 2013)


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