Dec 13, 2008

World - US;Steven Chu for Energy Secretary

Beijing: China’s media are cheering U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s pick of Chinese-American Steven Chu for the post of Energy Secretary, saying it bodes well for future cooperation between the two countries.

Photographs of Mr. Chu, who was born in St Louis to Chinese parents, were printed on the front pages of major newspapers on Friday, illustrating the pride China takes in the achievements of the vast Chinese diaspora.

The state-owned China Daily cited Chinese academics as saying Mr. Chu’s ethnic background would increase cooperation between China and the US.

Mr. Chu, currently Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has been a frequent visitor to China. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist has been a vocal advocate of more research into alternative energy, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combat global warming. —AP

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