Britain's Cameron visits China's Great Wall

10th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday toured China's Great Wall and chatted with Chinese students after wrapping up his meetings with the Communist leadership in Beijing.

Cameron walked along the Badaling section of the wall outside the capital under heightened security in chilly temperatures, after morning talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

During his brief tour, he spoke to a group of students involved in a Britain-sponsored climate change initiative, his aides said.

The section visited by Cameron was shut down, but tourists remained at the site, an AFP correspondent saw.

A visit to the Great Wall has become a must-do for visiting foreign leaders.

US President Barack Obama said in November last year that he had had gained some perspective from seeing the "spectacular" ancient structure.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy visited the Wall and the imperial Ming Tombs during his state visit in April.

The first parts of the Great Wall were built more than 2,000 years ago, then rebuilt and extended during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) due to the threat of invading northern tribes.

In recent times, the wall has suffered extensively at the hands of modern development, with sections of it destroyed to make way for roads and other forms of construction.

© 2010 AFP

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