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U.S. President Barack Obama poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrive for the APEC summit banquet November 10, 2014. Each year, APEC leaders dress up in the the host country's traditional garb for a "family photo" -- it's also been called the "silly shirts photo."

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China's online marketplace Taobao is offering buyers the chance to look like a world leader -- for less than $30.

Shops on the site are selling imitations of the so-called “New Chinese Suits”worn by U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders at this week's APEC banquet dinner in Beijing.


The traditional-style Chinese button down shirts that have a modern high collar are selling for as little as $27, with the more high-end ones going for nearly $800.


And it's not all about the male leaders -- the longer Chinese button down jackets and traditional long dresses emblazoned with floral embroidery worn by female leaders and the spouses of their male counterparts are also for sal

Some shops are taking made-to-fit orders, with many vendors displaying photos of Obama wearing the suit next to their products.

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One vendor described the outfits as "specially designed to respect China's rich history and old traditions," representing "diversity, openness and tolerance."


But the "New Chinese suit" may not be taking off as a trend. Some Weibo users -- a popular Chinese micro-blogging network similar to Twitter -- don't quite see what the designers were going for.


"They look like shrouds," posted one user, referring to traditional Chinese burial outfits for the dead.


Another Weibo user said the U.S. president resembled Wong Fei-hung, a popular martial arts folk hero, in his Chinese attire.

As for sales, by noon local time on Friday, only seven orders for the "New Chinese suits" had been successfully placed on Taobao -- no one had ordered the top end $800 suit.

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For their get-together in Bali in 2013 APEC leaders and their partners were given clothing made from traditional Balinese woven endek, stitched together by a Chinese tailor in Jakarta.

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From 2013, we go back in time also to Indonesia, but Bogor instead of Bali, for the second APEC meeting in 1994. Looking not at all stiff in his Javanese batik top, U.S. President Bill Clinton -- who started the funky photo tradition by passing out bomber jackets to participants at the inaugural APEC held near Seattle in 1993 -- stood front and center to celebrate the historic declaration.

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"Happy Days" went off the air in 1984, but that didn't stop Team APEC from going with a Fonz motif for their big date in Vancouver in 1997.

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New Zealand can be a chilly place. Ever the gracious host, Kiwi Prime Minister Jenny Shipley and Sir Tipene O'Regan bagged the only warm weather gear available at APEC 1999, held in Auckland.

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China,2001:Chinese style
Russian president Vladimir Putin effortlessly pulled off this updated version of the Chinese silk embroidered jacket worn by APEC attendees in Shanghai. George W. Bush seemed a little flummoxed by it all.

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