Beijing’s Olympic Park was the site for some very impressive scenes on Monday night, when a spectacular fireworks display was arranged for the arrival of some of the world’s most important leaders to the capital.
The display was held in advance of the Economic Leaders’ meeting, which is taking place over Monday and Tuesday as the focal point of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
The leaders were driven to the brilliantly lit up water cube in chauffeured Red Flag limousines—with the exception of Obama, who was driven in his armored Cadillac—and were then treated to a lavish banquet. Observers, however, could easily be forgiven for having believed that they were observing a Star-Trek convention, given the futuristic outfits that were worn by the leaders.
By Robert Ridley