习近平主席在英国“泡吧”Cameron treats President Xi to beer, fish and chips in English pub（中英双语
习近平主席在英国“泡吧”Cameron treats President Xi to beer, fish and chips in English pub. 两国领导人
Xi Jinping was served with Britain’s famous fish and chips in a
traditional English pub with British Prime Minister David Cameron on
Thursday, as their meeting took an informal turn that observers say let
them build their relationship out of the lime light.After a state
banquet at Buckingham Palace and another banquet at London’s Guildhall,
Xi experienced something less formal at Chequers, a tranquil country
estate that has hosted foreign dignitaries since becoming the official
retreat for prime ministers in 1921.
Receiving a warm welcome at Chequers, Xi visited a pub with Cameron
after they held talks with their aides at the country residence. No 10
Downing Street said the two leaders’discussions would focus on global
The visit to Chequers, the neo-Gothic-style estate in Buckinghamshire,
was planned as a counterpoint to the official welcome and formal
In the evening, Xi and first lady Peng Liyuan were to sit down to a full
dinner with Cameron and his wife,Samantha.
"Chequers is an important venue for British diplomacy. As the prime
minister’s country retreat — like Camp David for the US president —
Chequers provides opportunities for individuals to communicate away from
the glare of the press. Again, at least nominally, they can relax a
little,"said Simon Rofe, director of the global diplomacy MA program
atUniversity of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Deborah Johnson, of Historic UK Ltd, said Xi and Cameron’s visit to a
pub would provide a further opportunity for typically British
"The local pub is the hub of the local community in Britain, a place to
meet, chat and relax with friends. Fish and chips is a national dish
enjoyed by all, an integral part of the British culinary tradition," she
Erik Goldstein, a professor of international relations at Boston
University in the United States, also spoke of the transition to
"It has become part of the unofficial protocol of visits by leaders of
major states to have a ’photo opportunity’ at an informal location. In
this instance it is more for British domestic consumption, and is a
balance to the pageantry," he said.
Goldstein noted that the United States also seeks such opportunities in
meetings with foreign leaders.
During his visit to the US last month, Xi and US President Barack Obama
had a three-hour private dinner, investing more time in building
In 2013, Obama met in a "no necktie" summit with Xi at the Sunnylands
estate in Rancho Mirage, California.
Last November, they had late night talks at Yingtai, Zhongnanhai, the
Chinese central government’s compound in Beijing.
"A state visit always has one "offsite"visit away from the capital, in
both the US and the UK," Goldstein said.
After dinner at Chequers, Xi was to fly to Manchester for the final day
of the state visit.