The Welcome That China Gave Obama Shows Why It Will Win At Everything

China pulled out all the stops for the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

At the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Monday, attended by President Barack Obama and nearly two dozen world leaders, China showed off an electronic red carpet that rolled out in front of them. / Via Sky News

As world leaders arrived, they can't have expected this. It's almost as if China wanted to impress them. Sky News was there to capture it in all it glory.

Apparently they modeled it on Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart. / Via Sky News

(That said, the challenges presented by China's rise are slightly more complicated than navigating Mario Kart.)

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Obama wasn't to be outdone by China's show of strength, and decided to arrive working the Captain Jean-Luc Picard look. / Via Sky News

It's traditional for leaders at the APEC summit to wear clothes from the host country.

Others chose to wait for the group photo before they put them on, but Obama was happy to arrive in this smart purple silk shirt.

"Well played, Barack, well played."

The big overarching issue at the APEC summit is trade. China is pushing for a broad trade deal to encompass the whole region, while the U.S. is seeking a more limited one (called the Trans-Pacific Partnership) of 12 countries, China not included, the New York Times reported.

The two-day summit is also a chance for bilateral talks. The leaders of China and Japan held talks that the New York Times called "frosty." It was their first formal meeting in over two years, the BBC reported, a time fraught with tension over a territorial dispute. The summit also saw China and South Korea conclude a wide-reaching bilateral trade deal.

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