Wen, too, was shoed! (Wen Jiabao is China's PM)
Shoe attack on Chinese leader Wen Jiabao
Updated 23.36 Mon Feb 02 2009
A protester has thrown a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao - but missed.
The shoe landed on the stage about a metre from Mr Wen, who was delivering a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University.
The shoe landed on the stage about a metre from Wen, who was delivering a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University
The protester, who was held by university security guards, shouted "how can the university prostrate itself with this dictator?" and "how can you listen to this unchallenged?", according to witnesses.
A police spokeswoman said the man is being held in custody and questioned on suspicion of committing a public order offence.
The shoe attack was reminiscent of events in Baghdad in December last year, when Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled both his shoes at George W Bush.
Unlike Mr Wen, the then-US President was forced to duck to avoid the flying footwear.
The Chinese Premier, who earlier met Prime Minister Gordon Brown for economic talks, described the incident as "despicable".
The first two days of Mr Wen's visit were marred by noisy protests over human rights abuses in China and Tibet.
Five men were arrested for public order offences outside the Chinese Embassy near London's Regent Park on Sunday.
Mr Brown said a £400 billion fiscal stimulus announced by Beijing will create huge opportunities for British exports to China.
He added: "The strength of the relationship between China and Britain will be a pivotal force in helping us through the downturn and a powerful driving force behind our future growth and prosperity."