BEIJING - It was a highly unusual scene, reminiscent of a Chinese emperor who ruled a prosperous global empire six centuries ago.
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a ceremony at the former imperial palace, adjacent to Beijing's Tiananmen Square, on Sept. 3, immediately before presiding over the day's massive military parade.
Dozens of top leaders and senior officials from foreign countries and representatives from international organisations queued to have "an audience" with China's supreme leader.
Among those dignitaries were other Asian leaders, such as South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.
Other foreign guests included Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has faced off against the Group of Seven major industrialized countries over Ukraine, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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