Biden Catches Basketball Game In China
August 17, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took in a basketball game after arriving in Beijing for his first trip to East Asia as vice president.
Biden watched the Georgetown Hoyas take on a team from Shanxi province and left before the end of the first half. When he left, the Hoyas had a double-digit lead.
A light drizzle fell on the brief arrival ceremony that included an 18-member Chinese honor guard. Greeting Biden on the tarmac were Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhang Yesui and Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China.
Biden will seek to enhance the U.S. role in Asia during his four-day visit to China, Japan and Mongolia, his national security adviser said.
The trip “is part of the administration’s dedicated effort over the last 2 1/2 years to renew and intensify the U.S. role in Asia,” Tony Blinken said before Biden’s departure, adding it also is “a reflection of our belief that the United States is a Pacific power whose interests are inextricably linked with Asia’s economic security and political order.”