US First Lady stays back in China to play tourist

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As US President Donald Trump left Beijing yesterday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, Mrs Melania Trump stayed behind in China to play tourist. At the Beijing Zoo, the 47-year-old former model fed a giant panda named Gu Gu and greeted a group of children waving Chinese and American flags – handing out stuffed toy eagles after watching them sing a Chinese folk song. Later, Mrs Trump walked along a section of the Great Wall, a Unesco World Heritage Site where Chinese officials often take visiting heads of state and their spouses.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2017, with the headline 'US First Lady stays back in China to play tourist'. Print Edition | Subscribe