Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly met Chinese President Hu Jintao (pictured) after pledging US-Chinese co-operation in a press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in preparation for a G20 summit in London in April.
The global economic crisis is expected to dominate the agenda during Hillary Clinton’s visit to China as the US secretary of state vowed not to let human rights and the environment block bilateral discussions between the two nations.
The Chinese community across the world has welcomed the Year of the Ox with fireworks, prayers and family gatherings. In China, hundreds of millions of people packed air, rail and road transportation to get home for the holidays.
Official media reported that 74,000 out of 308,000 Beijing households questioned say their children had drunk milk contaminated by the chemical melamine before it was removed from stores in a scandal still shaking China.
The International Gymnastics Federation concluded that the Chinese female gymnasts were eligible to participate to the Olympic Games in Beijing. Based on legal documents, all athletes were born between 1991 and 1992.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Amélie Mauresmo was defeated by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the China Open. The French player said continuing injuries had limited her practice time this year.
South African swimmer Nathalie du Toit won her third gold on Thursday, but the feat was overshadowed by more doping scandals at the Beijing paralympics. French table tennis team, meanwhile, grabbed 3 gold medals.
Sprint king Usain Bolt could have run the Olympic 100 metres final in Beijing 0.14 seconds faster if he had not decelerated in the final meters, according to a Norwegian study based on a race comparison with silver-medalist Richard Thompson.
South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius stormed back after a disastrous start to finish first in 11.17secs in the Paralympic's 100m final. The sprinter is bidding for three gold medals in Beijing's "Bird's nest" stadium.