Mon, September 10, 2012
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UK sends Prince Harry to China to improve ties?

2012-09-10 07:54:58 GMT2012-09-10 15:54:58(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Prince Harry (file photo)

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Britain’s Foreign Office has asked Prince Harry to visit China following his four-month deployment to Afghanistan which began last week, British media reported over the weekend.

This could be Prince Harry's second solo overseas tour. He visited Brazil earlier this year on a Diamond Jubilee tour to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign.

British media hailed Prince Harry as an international ambassador, claiming that Prince Harry had "the impact of 1,000 politicians".

Now the Foreign Office is keen to capitalize on Prince Harry's success as an international ambassador by asking him to visit China. They have also held discussions with the royal palace about potential visits to Russia and India, which together with China and Brazil are seen as the key “brick nations” with which the British government is keen to improves relationship with.

The royal palace will be hoping that the trip will improve Prince Harry’s profile on the international arena.

Observers say a visit by a senior member of the royal family would be a major diplomatic boost for Britain’s relationship with China.

Prince Charles is seen as having a troubled relationship with China since he has never visited the country. But he has also attempted to improve relations with the Chinese, establishing the Prince’s Charities Foundation (China) in 2009 in Beijing.

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