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Video: Mohamed arrives in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

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Mohammed bin Zayed (left) shakes hands with Xi Jinping after witnessed a signing ceremony in Beijing. Andy Wong/AFP

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has arrived in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where he was accorded an official reception ceremony on the occasion of his state visit to China.

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Upon the arrival, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed was received by Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior Chinese leaders.

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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed (right) and Xi Jinping review an honour guard during a welcome ceremony in Beijing.

At the outset of the ceremony, Sheikh Mohamed shook hands with senior Chinese leaders, ministers and officials. Also, the Chinese President shook hands with the delegation accompanying Sheikh Mohamed.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, accompanied by the Chinese President proceeded to the dais of honour where the national anthems of the two countries were played as the Artillery fired 21 rounds in salute of His Highness, who then inspected a Guard of Honour.

"A number of agreements will be signed on the sidelines of the forum to serve the interests of both countries, which will enhance the relations between the UAE and China in all fields.

The delegation accompanying His Highness Sheikh Mohamed includes H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports.

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Sheikh Mohammed  (rear left), and Xi Jinping (rear right), applaud as they witness a signing ceremony.

Also accompanying Sheikh Mohamed are Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Suhail Bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Ali Bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince's Court of Abu Dhabi, Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, Ambassador of the UAE to China, and several other senior officials.

UAE-China Economic Forum

The UAE-China Economic Forum started on Monday in Beijing on the sidelines of the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China.

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Children wave flowers and flags during a welcome ceremony for Sheikh Mohammed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The forum is attended by a high-level UAE delegation comprising a number of ministers and officials from various institutions, departments, and governmental and private entities.

A number of agreements will be signed on the sidelines of the forum to serve the interests of both countries, which will enhance the relations between the UAE and China in all fields.

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