Chinese president Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK is drawing to a close.

In four days the president has addressed Parliament, been the guest of honour at a Buckingham Palace banquet, had a pint with David Cameron in his local and been given a tour of Manchester City's training facilities. He even met Jeremy Corbyn.

Oh, and he also signed on the dotted line in what is thought to represent £40billion worth of UK-Chinese business deals, including the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

One of the undercurrents throughout the four-day trip, the first state visit in a decade, was pressure on the UK to raise the issue of the human rights record of China, which executes more people than the rest of the world combined.

Cameron has insisted the UK is in a better position to get China to change by being one of its main trading partners, and Downing Street has said the issue of human rights was raised in private talks without elaborating further.

But as The Independent reported today, disquieting news of a raid on the home of a Chinese activist and Tiananmen Square massacre survivor who was peacefully protesting during Xi's visit has led to accusations of Britain doing Beijing's bidding.

On that aforementioned visit to Manchester, Xi and Cameron starred in a much-retweeted selfie with Manchester City's star striker Sergio Aguero.

A nice memento for the Chinese president for sure, but perhaps what we should really remember from this visit is the sight of a pro-democracy campaigner being bundled over by officers from the Metropolitan Police before having his home raided and computer seized.

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