Not even the three most powerful men in the world are above a little hard labor. Leaders visiting China’s capital enjoyed some fresh-ish air yesterday while shoveling dirt onto trees at the Beijing Friendship Forest in yet another fun-filled APEC event that welcomed a bit of diplomatic mingling and some more weird photo opportunities.
The media’s focus remained largely on Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. We imagine APEC paparazzi wanted to get some substantial evidence of Obama’s form.
A blurry Xi Jinping standing in the same frame as the US president seems to be the closest encounter between the diplomats as caught on film. Thankfully, the two worked in some quality time during their evening stroll through Zhongnanhai later on.
It’s unclear where Putin was during all of that, what, with the First Lady left unattended and all.
It’s been fun, APEC. For us, the viewers, at least.