Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: Pandas

The couple will spend time with President Xi Jinping and first lady Madame Peng Liyuan

The couple will spend time with President Xi Jinping and first lady Madame Peng Liyuan

Melania Trump, 47, and her husband US President Donald Trump, 71, are now on a five-country Asia tour to talk matters of state business with the country's leaders - including the threat of North Korea.

"This is handsome, this is incredible", she said.

Having thanked the kids for the performance, the First Lady presented them with stuffed American bald eagle toys. He's affectionately known as a "panda with attitude", and there is a sign in English and Chinese outside his cage that declares his isolationist status, reading: "I'm a loner and I have teeth that bite".

First lady Melania Trump stayed behind in Beijing on Friday, paying a visit to the Beijing Zoo, while her husband continued on to Vietnam to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Fewer than 2,000 giant pandas live in the wild in China.

When speaking with a group of business leaders, Trump pointed the finger at past American administrations, not Chinese leaders, for the trade imbalances he said have been hurting the USA for years. "Wonderful to meet Gu Gu!" Several other first ladies have visited the giant pandas in Bejing, engaging in what is fondly dubbed "panda diplomacy", including Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama.

According to officials who accompanied Melania on her visit and then spoke about it to local press, the first lady spent approximately 30 minutes walking along the Great Wall and said she found her time there "beautiful".

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