Attendants carry thermos as they prepare tea for delegates ahead of the opening session of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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Members of an honour guard rehearse before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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Chinese premier Li Keqiang and David Cameron, UK prime minister, talk during a signing ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People. Beijing, China.
A member of the People’s Liberation Army is seen behind a curtain before a welcoming ceremony for Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte who is meeting his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
Members of Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Portia Simpson-Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, and Li Keqiang, Chinese premier, during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Ms Simpson-Miller’s visit to China ends on August 25
Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, vice president of Venezuela, and Li Yuanchao, vice president of China, during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 18 2013. Mr Montserrat is on a visit to China from July 17-21.
An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.