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Biden Catches Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Game in China

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Vice President Joe Biden, fresh off a 21-hour flight to Beijing, made a surprise visit Wednesday to a Chinese gymnasium to cheer on the Georgetown University men’s basketball team in an exhibition match with the Shanxi Brave Dragons.

An animated Biden sat in the front row behind the American bench, according to press pool reports, where he was joined by new U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and Georgetown University President Jack DeGoia.

Biden told reporters many Hoyas had asked him to attend the “friendship match” given the coincidental convergence of their schedules.  

The vice president is starting a week-long, three country swing through East Asia, just as the Georgetown team begins its 10-day cultural and athletic tour of China.

Biden stayed through the first half of the game, leaving for the hotel with the Hoyas up by double-digits over their opponents, but facing a resurgent challenge from the Chinese team.

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