Melania Trump visits pandas at Beijing zoo

U.S. first lady Melania Trump poses for photos near the panda enclosure at a zoo in Beijing, China, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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BEIJING (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump has checked out the pandas at the Beijing zoo, before being serenaded in English and Chinese by elementary school children.

Mrs. Trump watched with students from the Shija elementary school as one panda chomped down on a late breakfast of bamboo shoots and leaves. She then presented the students with gifts of plush bald eagle toys.

Parts of the zoo in Beijing’s western fringe were shut down for the visit, but Wang Xumei, pushing her 1-year-old granddaughter in a stroller, says she wasn’t put off. Wang says Melania Trump is very beautiful and “we’re happy to have her and the American president in Beijing.”

Wang adds that Mrs. Trump should “come back soon.”

President Donald Trump has saluted the “growing friendship” between the United States and China.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump were the guests of honor at a state dinner Thursday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Trump offered a toast to Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng), touting bonds “that will only grow stronger and stronger.”

He then introduced a video of his granddaughter Arabella, the daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, singing a traditional Chinese song in Mandarin.

The dinner capped off two days of pageantry and negotiations between Xi and Trump. At the dinner, neither man made mention of thorny issues like trade and attempts to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

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