Photos: Trump visits China

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CHINA-US-TRUMP-POLITICS-DIPLOMACY US President Donald Trump (2nd L) looks up as he sits beside First Lady Melania Trump (L) and China’s President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 8, 2017. US President Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on November 8 as he began the crucial leg of an Asian tour intended to build a global front against North Korea’s nuclear threats. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON

U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off his “state visit-plus” to China on Wednesday afternoon with a taste of Chinese history and culture.

Both countries expect Trump’s first trip to China to be “historic” and generate significant results on bilateral relations as well as issues of common concern. But ahead of the official welcome ceremony and formal talks, the US president spent his first day in Beijing in a casual way.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan invited Trump and his wife Melania to the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, where they had an afternoon tea, walked along the museum’s central axis, watched the repair of historical relics, and enjoyed Peking Opera.