There were no great announcements and no magical breakthroughs. But Barack Obama was taking the long view as he rounded off his three-day visit to China with a sightseeing trip to the Great Wall.
"It's magical. It reminds you of the sweep of history," he said, after walking along the snowy parapets for around half an hour.
"It gives you a good perspective on a lot of the day-to-day things. They don't amount to much in the scope of history."
Speaking at Badaling, a stretch of the wall close to the capital, he said: "Our time here on Earth is not that long and we better make the best of it."