Footage of the bench-clearing brawl between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Chinese Basketball Association's Bayi Rockets in Beijing on Thursday has captured the attention of the U.S. media, with reports parsing the ugly incident in the context of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to China this week. But the reaction in the Chinese press has been far more muted. The Communist Party's Global Times and People's Daily mention soccer and speed skating "brawls" but don't mention the basketball game. Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, has just acknowledged the fight in a brief but chosen to focus on the fact that the Chinese players later made up with their American rivals, shaking hands with them at the airport and exchanging souvenirs.
Here's the brawl footage that Chinese censors are working so hard to downplay: