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Obama just in time to join other APEC leaders to take group photo in indigenous attire

2009-11-14 14:40:17 GMT2009-11-14 22:40:17 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Leaders and representatives of the APEC economies took their group photo in indigenous attire in Singapore on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting Saturday.

On Friday, the APEC organizing committee announced that the leaders will be in their business suits to take photo on Sunday as U.S. President Barack Obama delayed his visit to the APEC meeting.

The committee said earlier that President Obama was due to arrive in Singapore at 10 p.m. Saturday, too late for the Singapore Evening, a musical gala organized by Singapore to entertain the leaders, and the group's photo taking session.

But the president arrived in good time and his Air Force One landed at about 08:00 p.m., therefore the group photo was taken as originally planned.

It is a tradition for the leaders attending the meeting to participate in a photo op in which they dress in a costume that reflects the culture of the host member.

The APEC Singapore 2009 leaders' attire is designed by Singaporean Wykidd Song and taken from the inspiration of the Peranakan culture, which reflects Singapore's identity as a multi-racial and multi-cultural society.

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