Mem­o­rable mo­ments ce­ment China-US ties

High notes, warm wel­comes and tasty dishes greet US pres­i­dent

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SINO-US SUMMIT - Con­tact the writer at zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ed­i­tor’s note: China con­tin­ued its “state visit-plus” re­cep­tion for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day, with spe­cial ar­range­ments at a num­ber of of­fi­cial events in Bei­jing. China Daily brings you a de­tailed ac­count of the events and ex­changes be­tween Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his US coun­ter­part.

Bells chime for friend­ship

A spe­cial per­for­mance of chimes, known in Chi­nese as bianzhong, was ar­ranged for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his wife, Me­la­nia Trump, at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

Melodies greeted Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Trump as they walked in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple to the venue of their talks, fol­low­ing the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony out­side the hall.

The an­cient mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, which first ap­peared around 3,000 years ago, were dis­played at the Great Hall to dis­play the rich tra­di­tions and long his­tory of Chi­nese cul­ture to the high-level US guests.

The artists per­formed mu­sic spe­cially com­posed for the event by the pres­i­dent of China Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic.

The bells of bianzhong, cast in bronze, are oval and of dif­fer­ent sizes ar­ranged to the or­der of the pitch. They are hung on a large wooden frame.

The bells are struck with a wooden mal­let or a long stick to pro­duce the tones.

In­ter­na­tional wel­come

A group of Chi­nese el­e­men­tary school stu­dents is usu­ally in­vited to take part in wel­com­ing cer­e­monies hosted by Pres­i­dent Xi for for­eign lead­ers on state vis­its to China, at the square out­side the East Gate of the Great Hall of the Peo­ple.

Thurs­day’s cer­e­mony re­flected the spe­cial ar­range­ments be­ing made for Trump’s visit, with 10 US school­child­ren join­ing their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts next to the mil­i­tary band greet­ing Xi and Trump.

As the two lead­ers walked by, they stepped up to the chil­dren and greeted them.

The mu­sic played by the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Band in­cluded spe­cial ar­range­ments for the vis­it­ing top US leader.

After Xi and Trump ex­am­ined the PLA honor guard, the band played the US march The Stars and Stripes For­ever, com­posed by John Philip Sousa. It is the na­tional march of the United States.

A tie to cel­e­brate ties

The US pres­i­den­tial cou­ple wore care­fully pre­pared out­fits at the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony on Thurs­day morn­ing, with Trump sport­ing a red tie, a point that was quickly no­ticed by the Chi­nese me­dia.

Many re­ports said the tie was “China red”, as the color is tra­di­tion­ally re­garded as aus­pi­cious in China

Me­la­nia Trump, the US first lady, wore a long black and

Chil­dren from China

white dress with flo­ral mo­tifs.

The US leader has sev­eral times ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for China’s great hos­pi­tal­ity on his state visit to the coun­try.

He pledged to work even harder to strengthen US ties with China when ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists along­side Pres­i­dent Xi on Thurs­day.

“Me­la­nia and I are hon­ored to visit your coun­try, with its an­cient his­tory, dy­namic peo­ple and thriv­ing cul­ture,” Trump said.

He also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, for the tour the vis­it­ing cou­ple re­ceived on Wed­nes­day of “the very ma­jes­tic For­bid­den City”, also known as the Palace Mu­seum.

“In the com­ing months and years, I look for­ward to build­ing an even stronger re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries — China and the United States of Amer­ica — and even closer friend­ships and re­la­tion­ships be­tween the peo­ple of our two coun­tries,” Trump told re­porters.

Fine cui­sine

Del­i­cate Chi­nese cui­sine and pop­u­lar West­ern dishes made a great mix for the menu at the State Ban­quet at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple on Thurs­day evening.

Among the five hot dishes served, Kung Pao Chicken caught the eyes of the guests as the Chi­nese dish is also popu- lar in Chi­nese restau­rants in the United States.

Co­conut-fla­vored chicken soup showed the evolv­ing side of Chi­nese food, while stewed beef steak in tomato sauce and seafood chow­der ex­pressed ele­ments of West­ern cui­sine.

As the ban­quet started, all the guests had their at­ten­tion caught by a video aired on the gi­ant LED screens at the front.

The new video, of about six min­utes and 30 sec­onds, col­lected mo­ments of the three key in­ter­ac­tions be­tween Xi and Trump — in April at the Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Florida; in July in Hamburg, Ger­many; and the Trumps’ visit to Bei­jing start­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Trump’s grand­daugh­ter Ara­bella Kush­ner ap­peared twice in the video, speak­ing in flu­ent Chi­nese at Mar-a-Lago and in a re­cent video mes­sage sent to Xi.

Footage from the two first ladies’ vis­it­ing a lo­cal el­e­men­tary school in Bei­jing ear­lier on Thurs­day was also in­cluded.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping holds a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for vis­it­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the square out­side the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

LI XUEREN / XINHUA

An artis­tic per­for­mance greets Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first ladies Peng Liyuan and Me­la­nia Trump at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

and the United States par­tic­i­pate in the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony.

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