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David Cameron and the Chinese president were skulling pints last night

“Few cans and back to Number 10, yeah?”

CHINESE PRESIDENT XI Jinping is in Britain on a State visit.

And among the trade talks and strengthening ties, he wanted to do like British people do – drink pints and eat fish and chips.

So, naturally, David Cameron brought him down the local.

The two world leaders, in suits but tieless, could be seen awkwardly sipping their ales at The Plough, an establishment close to the British prime minister’s residence of Chequers northwest of London.

The pub’s landlord Steve Hollings told AFP that Cameron and Xi had chatted for around three-quarters of an hour and had been “extremely friendly”.

They drank “traditional English bitter” and “traditional English fish and chips”, he said proudly, adding: “I was highly delighted”.

Xi was apparently unhappy with the lack of salt and vinegar for his fish and chips.

Cameron joked that he would not leave a family member in the pub, referencing the 2012 incident in which his eight-year-old daughter had been left behind.

And, like a true man of the people, Cameron necked his pint at home time.

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