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China's Xi Jinping rolls into San Francisco inside bulletproof, 18ft Hongqi sedan...


The president of China Xi Jinping began his first visit to the United States in six years on Tuesday inside his bulletproof, 18-feet long Hongqi sedan.

He arrived in California for a high-profile meeting with President Joe Biden and to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

President Xi descended down the steps of his Air China jet on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport and went straight into his motorcade to his hotel.

His custom-designed Hongqi, codenamed N701, costs at least $700,000 and comes equipped with anti-rocket armor plates, thick bulletproof windows and systems to protect from biological and chemical weapons

But the Chinese vehicle is dwarfed in comparison by President Biden's 10-ton Cadillac which is worth $1.5million and boasts night vision cameras, tear gas cannons and eight inches of armor.

Hongqi translates to Red Flag in English and it is a subsidiary of automaker FAW Car Co which is the oldest car manufacturer in China.

It was founded in 1959 with the main purpose of manufacturing vehicles for high-level government officials. 

President Xi's N701, which has been modified from the Hongqi L5, has been described as China's take on the Rolls-Royce Phanton but more exclusive, expensive and imposing.