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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on the first day of the state visit to Britain, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on the first day of the state visit to Britain, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • China's President Xi Jinping, left, stands with Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as they listen to speeches during a visit to Imperial College London, in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President. China's state visit to Britain moves from warm toasts and ceremony to cold, hard cash Wednesday, with business deals including a major Chinese investment in the U.K.'s first nuclear power station since the 1980s. (Anthony Devlin/Pool Photo via AP)

    China's President Xi Jinping, left, stands with Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as they listen to speeches during a visit to Imperial College London, in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President. China's state visit to Britain moves from warm toasts and ceremony to cold, hard cash Wednesday, with business deals including a major Chinese investment in the U.K.'s first nuclear power station since the 1980s. (Anthony Devlin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, left,  shakes hands with China's first lady Peng Liyuan, with Prince Andrew, Duke of York at background centre and China's President Xi Jiping background right, during a visit to Imperial College London, in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President. China's state visit to Britain moves from warm toasts and ceremony to cold, hard cash Wednesday, with business deals including a major Chinese investment in the U.K.'s first nuclear power station since the 1980s. (Anthony Devlin/Pool Photo via AP)

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, left, shakes hands with China's first lady Peng Liyuan, with Prince Andrew, Duke of York at background centre and China's President Xi Jiping background right, during a visit to Imperial College London, in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, on day two of the state visit by the Chinese President. China's state visit to Britain moves from warm toasts and ceremony to cold, hard cash Wednesday, with business deals including a major Chinese investment in the U.K.'s first nuclear power station since the 1980s. (Anthony Devlin/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The latest news of the first full day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Britain. All times local:

9:25 a.m.

China's president Xi Jinping is expected to confirm a deal that will lead to China covering 30 percent of the cost of construction of a nuclear power plant in southwest England.

The plant in Somerset — set to be completed by 2025 — will be built by French energy firm EDF, in conjunction with a consortium led by Chinese state-owned nuclear company CGN.

EDF sought outside investors after being unable to cover the cost of the deal alone. Britain's government is also offering a guarantee.

The deal has faced criticism by rights activists who suggest that Prime Minister David Cameron has been courting the Chinese for trade deals while ignoring their human rights record.

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