Melania Trump visits pandas at Beijing zoo

First Lady Melania Trump has checked out the pandas at the Beijing zoo, before being serenaded in English and in Chinese by elementary school children.

Mrs Trump looked on with the students from the Shija elementary school as one panda chomped down on a late breakfast of bamboo shoots and leaves. She then presented the students with gifts of plush bald eagle toys.

Parts of the zoo in Beijing’s western fringe were shut down for the visit, but Wang Xumei, pushing her one-year-old granddaughter in a stroller, says she was not put off.

“She’s very beautiful and we’re very happy to have her and the American president in Beijing,” Ms Wang said, adding: “Come back soon.”

On Thursday evening the US President and First Lady were the guests of honour at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Mr Trump offered a toast to Chinese President Xi Jinping, touting bonds “that will only grow stronger and stronger”.

He then introduced a video of his granddaughter Arabella, the daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, singing a traditional Chinese song in Mandarin.

The dinner capped off two days of pageantry and negotiations between Mr Xi and Mr Trump.

At the dinner, neither man made mention of thorny issues like trade and attempts to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.