Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up his five-day visit to the U.S. on Feb 17th at Staples Center, where he attended a Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns basketball game, where he was presented with a jersey with his name on it in the company of Lakers legend Magic Johnson, soccer star David Beckham and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. http://on.msnbc.com/xRbIb6
Kobe raises profile of Mandarin exchanges: Kobe Bryant spent his Feb 17th afternoon with 10 Chinese children at Gertz-Ressler High School in Los Angeles, which has a Mandarin cultural exchange program that Bryant initiated in 2010. http://bit.ly/yBaapb
HEAT inks partnership deal with Chinese sportswear company PEAK Sports: The Miami HEAT announced on Feb 16th the team has entered into a multi-year partnership with leading Chinese sportswear company PEAK Sport Products Co., Limited. http://on.nba.com/Af9ezR
‘Linsanity’ a Boon for NBA in China: The excitement surrounding New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is providing a fresh impetus to the NBA’s lucrative China business in the wake of Yao Ming’s retirement. http://abcn.ws/zn4D6C
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