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China welcomes G20 leaders with banquet, gala

By Xinhua
China welcomes G20 leaders with banquet, gala
In this Sept 4, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese artists perform during an evening gala for the G20 Summit at the West Lake in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. (Zhang Duo / Xinhua via AP)

HANGZHOU, Sept 4 -- In the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, leaders and other guests from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies were welcomed with a banquet and an evening gala.

On Sunday evening, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a grand banquet for those attending the 11th G20 summit in Hangzhou.

Before the banquet, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan greeted the honored guests at the entry of a hotel by the side of the West Lake.

China welcomes G20 leaders with banquet, gala
State leaders and their spouses take part in a group photo session for the G20 Summit gala held at the Zhejiang Xizi Hotel in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sept 4, 2016. (Photo / Xinhua)

Leaders and their families, including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, came to shake hands with the Xi couple.

While proposing a toast at the banquet, Xi assimilated the G20 platform to a bridge of friendship, cooperation and the future.

"We have come here for a common obligation to build an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy as well as lead a new round of robust economic growth," Xi said.

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