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With a probable long-term hold on the position of the second-largest economy in the world and increased fears over the scope of its military, China's legitimate and perceived power is all over the news. GDP and military figures are telling, but sometimes just a picture can reveal all there is to know about international attitudes. In an intriguing welcoming ceremony for visiting heads of state, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao escorts visitors along a stretch of military honor guard. The reactions range from awkward glances to attempted indifference in the face of what could be deemed subtle intimidation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao inspect a military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of he People in Beijing on July 16, 2010. China and Germany oppose trade protectionism and are not seeking trade surpluses, Wen said. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao inspect a military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of he People in Beijing on July 16, 2010. China and Germany oppose trade protectionism and are not seeking trade surpluses, Wen said. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner de Fernandez (R)) is escorted by Chinese President Hu Jintao during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 13, 2010. China and Argentina agreed on contracts for railway projects in the South American country totaling 10 billion dollars. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and Chinese counterpart Wen Jiaboa attend a welcoming ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 03, 2009. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on a state visit to China, renewed an agreement with China to increase mineral resources trade, signed a new one addressing climate change and clinched an accord with more visits by Chinese nationals. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso inspect an honor guard in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 29, 2009. The pair pledged Wednesday to establish a stronger foundation for cooperation between the historic Asian rivals amid global economic and health crises. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) is escorted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a welcoming ceremony a the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on January 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver).
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China's Premier Wen Jiabao (left) and South Korea's Prime Minister Han Duck-soo attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 10, 2007. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
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