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Detente Rules In China: Georgetown, Chinese Teams Make Up

Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing. i i

Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing. Yangshizhonh-China Daily /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing.

Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing.

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There's word from Voice of America this hour that members of the Georgetown University men's basketball team and players from China's professional Bayi Rockets club have "cleared up some of their differences ... a day after they fought on a basketball court in Beijing."

According to VOA:

"Players for China's Bayi Rockets team exchanged handshakes with Georgetown University's coach and two of his players at Beijing airport Friday, and a statement from the school said it was a 'very cordial and friendly' meeting. It said Georgetown coach John Thompson III and Rockets coach Adejiang shook hands and expressed interest in maintaining ties."

As we reported yesterday:

"An exhibition basketball game between Georgetown University's Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets descended into a brawl and then a full-on melee Thursday, one day after visiting Vice President Joe Biden stopped by to watch Georgetown play another team, the Shanxi Brave Dragons, in Beijing."

The teams are scheduled to play each other again this Sunday in Shanghai.

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