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Chinese honor guards line up using a string as a marker as they await the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. U Thein Sein is on a visit to China from June 27 to 30.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein, right, and China's President Xi Jinping inspect honor guards during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, on June 27.JASON LEE / Reuters