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Xi in the UK: Economics the dominant note

British businesses want to tap the opportunities in the Chinese market, and China is glad for the faith placed in it, at a time when its economic health is in doubt.

The Union Jack and Chinese flags a-flutter on the Mall in London, ahead of Chinese President Xi's visit on Tuesday, during which human rights issues will be eclipsed by lavish ceremony and hardnosed business talk.

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping begins a historic four-day trip to the United Kingdom on Tuesday. It is the first state visit by any Chinese president for a decade and both Beijing and London are - rhetorically at least - hailing a new "golden" era in bilateral ties.

The pomp that he will be