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Scenes from state dinner in Beijing honoring President Trump

US President Donald Trump makes a toast to Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, during a state dinner in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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US President Donald Trump makes a toast to Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, during a state dinner in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President Donald Trump attended a state dinner in his honor in Beijing Thursday.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at the Great Hall of the People Thursday evening, where the president saluted the ‘‘growing friendship’’ between the United States and China.

Trump offered a toast to Chinese President Xi Jinping, touting bonds ‘‘that will only grow stronger and stronger.’’

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He then introduced a video of his granddaughter Arabella, the daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, singing a traditional Chinese song in Mandarin.

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The dinner was held in the Golden Hall, featuring crystal chandeliers, hanging lanterns and ornate traditional Chinese artwork.

The Trumps were greeted with a standing ovation and a video featuring clips of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Trump’s Florida estate in February and the US president’s ongoing two-day visit to Beijing.

Xi gave a toast in which he said the relationship between China and the US was growing by the day. He added that the two nations faced ‘‘limited challenges but boundless potential for growth.’’

Among the guests at the dinner: China native and former NBA star Yao Ming.

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The dinner capped off two days of pageantry and negotiations between Xi and Trump. At the dinner, neither man made mention of thorny issues like trade and attempts to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

President Donald Trump (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) arrive at the Great Hall of the People.
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President Donald Trump (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) arrive at the Great Hall of the People.

Melania Trump walked with Peng Liyuan (right), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping into the state dinner.
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Melania Trump walked with Peng Liyuan (right), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping into the state dinner.

Arabella Kishner, granddaughter of President Donald Trump, sang in Chinese on a video played at the state edinner.
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Arabella Kishner, granddaughter of President Donald Trump, sang in Chinese on a video played at the state edinner.

China's President Xi Jinping made a toast for President Donald Trump during the state dinner.
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China's President Xi Jinping made a toast for President Donald Trump during the state dinner.

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President Donald Trump made a toast during the state dinner.

A place setting at the state dinner in Beijing.
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A place setting at the state dinner in Beijing.

Melania Trump watched as President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands at the dinner.
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Melania Trump watched as President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands at the dinner.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived at the state dinner.
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived at the state dinner.

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attended the state dinner.
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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks attended the state dinner.

Jared Kushner arrived for the state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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Jared Kushner arrived for the state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the state dinner.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the state dinner.