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Xi, Trump have afternoon tea at Palace Museum

Updated: Nov 8,2017 8:31 PM     Xinhua

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, and US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump have an informal afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building of the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed their US counterparts with an afternoon tea at the Palace Museum on Nov 8.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrived in Beijing earlier on Nov 8.

They had the brief afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building, also known as the Hall of Embodied Treasures, in the southwestern corner of the Forbidden City.

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcome US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump at the Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 8, 2017.[Photo/Xinhua]

Xi thanked his guests for their kind reception at the Mar-a-Lago estate when he visited the United States in April and wished them a pleasant time in China.

With a tablet computer, Trump showed Xi and Peng video clips of his granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, singing in mandarin and reciting a part of the Three-Character Classic and ancient Chinese poems.

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcome US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump at the Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi spoke highly of the child’s Chinese skills and said her performance deserves an “A+”.

Arabella is already a child star in China, said Xi, adding that he hoped she would visit China in the future.

Built in 1915, the Baoyun Building is a Western-style architecture in the former imperial compound. It was used to store antiques, but now serves as an exhibition hall for the museum’s history.

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