Newspaper review: Papers worry about PM China visit

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The Times and the Guardian carry the same photograph of David Cameron and his cabinet colleagues toasting a business deal in Beijing.

Both papers say they wore their Remembrance Day poppies despite being warned by the Chinese this would stir up unhappy memories of the Opium Wars.

The Independent says the prime minister's speech on Wednesday morning will risk antagonising his hosts.

It says he will criticise their political system.

'Annoy hosts'

The Independent front page shows the prime minister inspecting a guard of honour in Beijing with the headline: "Cameron confronts the biggest society".

The Daily Mail says his message to the Chinese government is: "You must set your people free".

It says: "The danger is he will not nudge his hosts one iota in the direction of democracy but merely annoy them" to the cost of businesses.

Foreign criminals

The Daily Telegraph reports that foreign criminals are being offered up to £1,500 to return home voluntarily after serving their sentences.

The payment is a bid to avoid protracted deportation battles.

The paper says the coalition government has trebled a cash incentive introduced under Labour and which was criticised by the Conservatives in opposition.

The paper is worried foreign criminals could, in its words, "squander the cash and try to sneak back into Britain".

Strictly staying

Ann Widdecombe uses her Daily Express column to lambast her old colleagues at Westminster for sneering.

She says this spiteful attitude is in contrast to the other contestants on BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.

She declares that, unlike John Sergeant, she will not withdraw from the show, although she "cannot dance for toffee".

Ms Widdecombe explains: "It is rude to the public to walk out if they have voted for you... as long as the public keeps voting I shall keep dancing".

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