US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania were welcomed into the Forbidden City, the former Chinese imperial palace, by their Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan, kicking off the agenda of the American ruler in Beijing.
The two couples strolled through the gigantic, cobbled courtyards of the palace, built in the fifteenth century, which was the residence of the Chinese sovereigns and power center in the Ming and Qing dynasties (until 1911).
In an enclosure that on holidays or weekends can host hundreds of thousands of visitors, but that was emptied for the occasion for security of the American couple, the Trump and their hosts posed for the photographers.
One of them, even, tripped on a parallelepiped and broke his camera and his glasses.
Xi and Peng, a famous soprano in their country, dressed in gray coats, showed the Trump, both in black, the different imperial dependencies, after which they must attend the same palace to an opera spectacle and then participate in a private banquet
The Trumps arrived in the Forbidden City directly from the capital’s international airport after flying from Osan Air Base in South Korea.
In an armored Cadillac, they headed a party of a hundred vehicles that arrived in the center of Beijing circling the famous Avenue Chang An, main artery of the city that had the traffic interrupted for the occasion.
The reception of Xi and his wife to the Trump couple is unusual in state visits in China, since traditionally foreign leaders meet with the Chinese ruler and the first lady in a precinct of much more communist airs, the Great Palace of the People, seat of the Legislative.
Trump, Xi and their wives visit the Forbidden City of BeijingXi and Trump will meet at the meeting tomorrow, at the working meeting of the two delegations, where the two major world powers are expected to sign important trade agreements.