Beijing has stressed that Chinese ties with the UK remain strong despite lodging a protest on Tuesday after a demonstrator threw a shoe at Premier Wen Jiabao at Cambridge University, Reuters reported. "The Chinese side has expressed its strong displeasure over this incident," China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The facts demonstrate that the despicable conduct of this troublemaker will win no sympathy, and will not hold back the tide of friendly cooperation between China and Britain." British police said the protester, who also denounced Wen as a dictator, has been charged with a public order offence. China Central Television reported the incident in full on Tuesday, including footage of Wen and the removal of the protester from the hall. The shoe missed Wen, landing on the stage about a meter away from him. The state-controlled Chinese media usually avoids showing leaders in awkward situations.