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August 18, 2011

Juxtaposition of the Day: Biden China Trip Something of a Riot

Biden Xi Jinping honour guard

Hoyas Bayi Brawl China

Certainly, the battle that broke out on the basketball court ending the “goodwill” game between Georgetown and a Chinese pro team reveals the bilateral tension underlying Biden’s well-choreographed visit to Beijing. Biden was at the game but left before all hell broke loose.

I had a hard time, by the way, choosing between the honor guard combo or this one.

(Video of the fracas showing how scary it really was. More pix.)

(photo 1: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac caption: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping accompanies U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) to view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on August 18, 2011 in Beijing, China. Biden will visit China, Mongolia and Japan from August 17-25.)screengrab: Reuters via ESPN.)

  • bks

    Hmmm, not much evidence of Shaolin Temple Kung Fu.  So much for that myth.


  • psychohistorian

    I would observe from this picture that the China VP is bored/disdainful to the point of showing it.  The US is looking for support from countries that now find it increasingly boorish.

  • Gasho

    Biden flanked by a billion troops
    they’re looking pretty sharp;
    he’s lookin’ a long way from Delaware
    Do you think it crosses his mind -
    “we are massively in their debt…”

    Brawl on the court of a goodwill game? Ugh. blech

    The linked photo is the star -
    Biden’s motionblur hand
    in contrast to the steadyness of China’s posture. 

    Again, the sensation of the nervous debtor
    in the presence of the bank owner.

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