18 Aug '11, 11am

Biden baulks at Chinese restaurant speciality - pig intestines in soup

BEIJING (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden took time out from official talks in China on Thursday to have lunch at a local restaurant, but his courage failed when it came to the house speciality - pig intestines in soup. The 68-year-old opted instead for pork buns, noodles and cucumbers when he stopped off at the small, family-run eatery in downtown Beijing with his granddaughter and daughter-in-law and the travelling press. 'The meetings were great. But it's harder to order,' Mr Biden joked to reporters when asked about his talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, widely expected to be the next president of the Asian power. The restaurant was full of Beijingers when Mr Biden arrived, and the US number two apologised for the commotion.

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