Embassy of China, London

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Embassy of China in London
Location Marylebone, London
Address 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming

The Embassy of China in London is the diplomatic mission of China in the United Kingdom.[1] The Embassy in London is China's only embassy in the UK, alongside two Consulate-Generals in Edinburgh and Manchester.[2] It is the focal point for events relating to China held in the United Kingdom including celebrations in 2012 to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. [3] Most applications by UK citizens for visas to China are not handled by the embassy, however, but are instead processed by the nearby China Visa Applications Center. [4]There is a constant police presence outside the embassy.

China also maintains several other buildings in London: a Defence Section at 25 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, a Commercial Section at 16 Lancaster Gate, Paddington, a Cultural Section at 11 West Heath Road, Hampstead and a Science & Technology Section at 10 Greville Place, Maida Vale.[5]

The Embassy has in recent years been the site of protests against actions of the Chinese government, including protests against the imprisonment of artist Ai Weiwei,[6] and in favour of Tibetan independence.[7] There has been a Falun Gong protestor sitting opposite the embassy for many years; this is made reference to in the novel Saturday by Ian McEwan.

Unconfirmed rumours have suggested that the Embassy is likely to move from Portland Place to a new development in the Nine Elms area on the south bank of the River Thames, where the Dutch Embassy and the Embassy of the United States are due to relocate.[8]

Controversy[edit]

On the 3rd of June 2014, members of staff at the Chinese embassy in London reacted angrily when people arrived to lay flowers to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Wang Ti-Anna, the daughter of an imprisoned democracy activist and another women were shoved, their flowers thrown away, and they were shouted at by a member of staff, before calm returned to the scene.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Liu Xiaoming, chinese-embassy.org.uk, Accessed on 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ Chinese Embassy London, Dai Davies, chineseembassylondon.co.uk, Accesssed on 5 August 2012.
  5. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ The Guardian, Abby d'Arcy Hughes, guardian.co.uk, Accesssed on 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ Tibet Custom Editors, tibetcustom.com, Accesssed on 12 August 2012.
  8. ^ Prynn, Jonathan (21 August 2013). "Revealed: London's £3 BILLION embassy sell-off bonanza". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  9. ^ www.bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27700006 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′16″N 0°08′44″W / 51.52102°N 0.14548°W / 51.52102; -0.14548