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Queen Elizabeth calls Chinese officials "very rude"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:24

The 90-year-old monarch was caught on camera during a garden party at Buckingham Palace saying Chinese officials were ''very rude'' to the British ambassador during a state visit to Britain by President Xi Jinping last year. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Rarely are the Queen's private conversations revealed in public... but she was caught on camera saying Chinese officials were very rude to the British ambassador last year. Senior police officer Lucy D'Orsi was in charge of security during China's President Xi Jinping in October. The queen's remarks came on the same day Prime Minister David Cameron was filmed making undiplomatic remarks to her about corruption in Nigeria and Afghanistan. SOUNDBITE: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "We have got the Nigerians - actually we have got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain..." Under her constitutional role, Queen Elizabeth never makes any politically or diplomatically sensitive comments in public. These remarks, which the BBC says were censored from news bulletins in China, may not be helpful to the British government's efforts to boost trade ties with China. But in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the visit had been "extremely successful." He says both sides are pushing for a healthy, stable and active China-Britain relationship. Relations between London and Beijing have been complicated by the weight of history... and it's unclear how the Queen's comments will impact the relationship going forward.

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Queen Elizabeth calls Chinese officials "very rude"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:24