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In pictures: Chinese leader's US visit

A National Park Service worker vacuums the stage on the White House South Lawn.

Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the US is not a full state occasion, but there was still much to prepare before his welcoming ceremony at the White House.

Chinese guests gathered to watch the arrival take pictures

Chinese guests gathered to watch the occasion were keen to take pictures of the leaders.

Mounted police hold back a crowd of protesters outside the White House

Mr Hu's visit drew crowds of protesters determined to make their points on a range of subjects, including the banning of the Falun Gong spiritual movement in China.

Taiwanese protesters in anti-missile protest

The protesters included a Taiwanese group demonstrating against China's build-up of missiles targeting the island.

Supporters of the Chinese president dance outside the White House.

But the Chinese leader's visit also drew supporters to the White House.

US President Bush and Chinese President Hu watch the welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House

Mr Hu was greeted with a colourful display of pomp and pageantry on the South Lawn.

President Bush and President Jintao review the troops

Both leaders reviewed the troops, and there was a 21-gun salute in honour of the occasion.

President Hu Jintao and President George W Bush applaud at the welcoming ceremony

The mood between the leaders was warm, but there was embarrassment when Mr Hu's speech was interrupted by a Falun Gong protester shouting slogans.

US President Bush (R) holds the arm of Chinese President Hu Jintao

In an another embarrassing moment, Mr Hu sought to leave the podium at the wrong time, and Mr Bush had to lunge and grab him by the jacket.

A group of Taiwan residents in Taipei watch a TV broadcast of Chinese leader Hu Jintao's visit to the  White House

Mr Hu's four-day US visit is being closely watched by people in both China and Taiwan.




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