China's President Xi Jinping visited Imperial earlier this week as part of his UK state visit.
As President Xi arrived at Imperial, the Duke of York Prince Andrew introduced him to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. The President, First Lady, Duke and Chancellor all joined Imperial's President Alice Gast and Provost James Stirling on their tour of the College.
Professor Gast delivered a welcome speech highlighting Imperial's role as "the premier partner for research collaborations with China".
George Osborne, the First Lady Peng Liyuan, President Xi and Prince Andrew listened as Professor Gast said "When I meet Chinese students at Imperial, I am filled with optimism about the future."
Professor Guo's team prepared a gift for Madame Peng: a special cape that used big data analysis to create the ideal design, colour and fit for the First Lady.
Professor Gast and President Xi crossing Dalby Court.
President Xi met a group of Imperial students.
President Xi met several Imperial academics including Professor Jianguo Lin.
President Xi and Professor Gast exchanged gifts.
A lively crowd, including many Imperial students, gathered outside the College for President Xi's departure.
The Duke of York, Lord O'Neill, George Osborne, Professor Gast and Professor Stirling reflected on the visit after President Xi's departure.
A group of Imperial's Chinese students posed with Professor Gast immediately after the visit.
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