Pomp and pageantry greet Trump ahead of talks with Xi
Military marching bands and flag-waving children were part of the welcome.
By DEVIN DWYER
November 8, 2017, 6:56 AM
• 4 min read
BEIJING -- Prior to kicking off talks with his Chinese counterpart Thursday morning, President Donald Trump was given a grand red carpet welcome -- complete with military marching bands and throngs of Chinese school children excitedly waved flags of both countries -- outside the Great Hall of the People at the western edge of Tiananmen Square.
Trump, the eighth U.S. president to visit China, seemed to be soaking it all up, chatting amiably with Chinese President Xi Jingping, repeatedly complimenting the ceremonial display and patting him on the back -- eight back-pats and three handshakes, to be exact.
As Trump reviewed the troops with Xi, walking long runs of red carpet crossing the square, first ladies Melania Trump and Mrs. Xi looked on from the steps of the Hall.