Honour guards

German President Joachim Gauck visits China...epa05223963 Chinese honour guards adjust their attire before a welcome ceremony for German President Joachim Gauck at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 21 March 2016. The German President is on a five-day state visit to China.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

How Hwee Young/EPA

Honour guards adjust their attire before a welcome ceremony for German President Joachim Gauck at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The German President is on a five-day state visit to China 

Chinese honor guards line up during a welcome ceremony for Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 03 November 2014. Qatar's Emir is in China for a state visit from 02 to 04 November.

How Hwee Young/EPA

A Chinese guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony for the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Japanese honor guards hold their guns before a welcoming ceremony for Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas (unseen in this picture) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on February 25, 2014. Olekas is now here to exchange views with Japanese officials.

Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Japanese honour guards hold their guns before a welcoming ceremony for Lithuanian defence minister Juozas Olekas at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday.