Chinese buy President Xi and David Cameron visit pub – BBC News

Chinese buy President Xi and David Cameron visit pub – BBC News

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Image caption Mr Cameron and Mr Xi visited The Plough in October 2015

A village pub made famous by the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping and then Prime Minister David Cameron has been bought by a major Chinese firm.

SinoFortone has bought The Plough at Cadsden, near Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire.

Mr Cameron took Mr Xi there during the state visit to the UK in October 2015.

SinoFortone is involved in the new London Paramount theme park development and the proposed Crossrail 2 route through London.

It is also involved in new metro systems in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.

The two leaders visited The Plough, which is a few minutes away from the prime minister’s official countryside home at Chequers, for fish and chips supper and a pint.

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Image caption The Plough has become a tourist attraction since the visit of the Chinese president

Peter Zhang, managing director of SinoFortone Investment, said: “The English pub concept is growing very fast in China and it’s the best way culturally to link people from different countries and build friendships.”

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Image caption SinoFortone is already involved with plans for the Hollywood-inspired London Paramount theme park

The pub was sold through property firm Christie and Co.

Neil Morgan, managing director of pubs for the firm, said: “The pub became famous in Chinese circles following the visit of President Xi Jinping, and it has become quite a tourist attraction for Chinese visitors since.”

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