PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP Is First US President Invited to Dine in China’s Forbidden City
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP Is First US President Invited to Dine in China’s Forbidden City

President Donald Trump is being treated like a royal during his visit to China, and received the first dinner inside the country’s most famed imperial palace for a president.

President Trump arrived in Beijing on Wednesday as part of his 12-day tour of Asia, and was greeted by a small army of children waving American and Chinese flags as part of an elaborate welcoming ceremony.

The President, who welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to his resort Mar-a-Lago earlier this year, later said he was having a “great time” in the Middle Kingdom after watching a dance performance.

Trump is also the first U.S. President to be given a state dinner in the Forbidden City, an elaborate palace in the center of Beijing used for centuries by China’s ruling dynasty.

The unusual amount of pomp and circumstance is believed to be part of China’s efforts to flatter Trump and gloss over American criticisms on trade and the continued development of the nuclear program in its neighbor North Korea.

The Trumps arrived in Beijing on Air Force One Wednesday. (THOMAS PETER/AP)
The Trumps arrived in Beijing on Air Force One Wednesday. (THOMAS PETER/AP)

An imperial tone to Xi’s presidency, confirmed for another term at his party’s conference last month, has previously attracted Trump’s admiration.

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“Now some people might call him the king,” the commander-in-chief said of the leader of the authoritarian regime last month.

CNN reported:

Donald Trump will receive an honor in Beijing not granted to any US President since the founding of the People’s Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City.

When Trump and his wife Melania land in the Chinese capital Wednesday, they will join President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, for a tour of the Forbidden City, the historic palace that housed Chinese emperors and their families for almost 500 years.

Trump is expected to dine with Xi inside the Jianfu Palace, although the exact location of the dinner hasn’t been confirmed. The building dates back to the eighteenth century and was fully restored in 2005, making it one of the most well-preserved parts of the palace complex.

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