Chinese President Xi arrives in Netherlands

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 10:34 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in the Netherlands ahead of next week's nuclear security summit in The Hague.

It is the first state visit by a Chinese president to the Netherlands. Xi and his wife Peng were met at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport by the Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima and welcomed with a 21-gun salute. Afterward they were headed to the royal palace on Amsterdam's central Dam square for dinner with the monarchs.

Amnesty International has organized a protest on the square, calling for attention to human rights abuses in China.

On Sunday, Xi is to address a meeting of 200 Chinese and 200 Dutch industrial leaders at a conference on economic ties.

After the summit ends Tuesday, Xi travels on to Paris, Berlin and Brussels.

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