Diplomatic displays of Chinese strength (11 images)

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.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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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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