Update 4.10pm: And I’ve just had a call from a friend who’s on the TF82 right now near Tejina de Guía (halfway between Adeje and Guía de Isora) to say they’d been ordered into a layby by the Guardia Civil and seen the whole motorcade pass – several limos containing high-ranking Spanish politicians and, of course, the top-flight Chinese delegation. They’re off up Teide as I type … in the thickest fog we’ve seen here at altitude for a considerable length of time!
Original post 11.30am: The Chinese president, Hu Jintao, together with a team of his ministers on their way back from the G20 summit in Mexico, is stopping off in Tenerife for a brief visit this afternoon in order to meet deputy PM Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Industry minister José Manuel Soria, and the Canarian President Paulino Rivero. Great hopes continue for Chinese investment both on the mainland and here in the Canaries, and on 24 May Spanish and Chinese businesses signed trade and collaboration agreements worth around half a billion Euros. Today’s stop-off in Tenerife will involve some talks, but will also see the Chinese VIP guests taken up Teide. Access roads and the crater itself are likely to be blocked off for security purposes between around 4 and 6pm.