23 Sep 2023, 19:37

China's Xi declares Hangzhou Asian Games open

HANGZHOU, China, Sept 23, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Asian Games open at a colourful ceremony in Hangzhou on Saturday, launching a two-week sporting extravaganza that boasts more athletes than the Olympics.

Xi, who was given a rapturous reception by spectators waving mini Chinese flags, said: "I declare the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games open."

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