Image of Asia: Welcoming Turkey’s president to Beijing
In this photo by Ng Han Guan, a child plays with Chinese and Turkish national flags before a welcome ceremony for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. About two dozen children waved the flags and hoisted flowers when Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping passed them after inspecting an honor guard. Following the formal welcoming ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and marching band, the two leaders met for more than two hours. Erdogan’s visit comes amid tensions over China’s treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.