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 A senior official (R) of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force checks the line

A senior official (R) of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force checks the line of honour guards before a review by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday

Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27,2014. U Thein Sein is on a visit to China from June 27 to 30.

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Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing