Setting aside rancor over Hong Kong, China welcomes Prince William

March 2, 2015 4:33 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a warm welcome to Prince William on Monday as he began the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, setting aside the rancor with London over Hong Kong.

William's trip to China is the first since Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip paid a visit in 1986, and follows some sparring between London and Beijing over last year's pro-democracy demonstrations in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

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