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China's President Xi Jinping, center right, and first lady Peng Liyuan, far right, greeted U.S. counterparts Donald Trump, center left, and Melania Trump on Wednesday at Beijing's Forbidden City.   © Reuters
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China pulls out stops in red-carpet welcome for Donald Trump

Xi looks to project great-power status ahead of talks on North Korea, trade

OKI NAGAI and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers | China

BEIJING -- China's President Xi Jinping, seeking to portray coming talks on trade and North Korea as great-power politics between equals, gave U.S. counterpart Donald Trump a royal welcome here Wednesday.

The U.S. president's arrival marked his third stop on a tour of Asian state visits, following Japan and South Korea, and his first official visit to China. Xi and Trump are set for a summit meeting Thursday.

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