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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and his wife, Peng Liyuan, greet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS banquet in Xiamen, China on Sept. 4.The couple married in Xiamen 30 years ago.   © Reuters

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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping had a long day on Sept. 3, greeting foreign dignitaries at a diplomatic extravaganza in a southeastern coastal city amid unusually tight security.

It was the opening day of the three-day BRICS summit in Xiamen, Fujian Province, and in the morning there was a stroke of luck when a typhoon veered away from the host city. This is the city where Xi married his wife, national singer Peng Liyuan, 30 years ago this month.

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