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Honour guard troops march during a welcome ceremony for Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Honour guard troops march during a welcome ceremony for Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Australian prime minister arrived as Chinese inflation slowed sharply in March as food prices fell after the country’s new year holiday and the central bank drained cash from the economy.