No Olympic congrats to Tokyo from China amid spat
BEIJING (AP) - China is not extending any congratulations to Tokyo on winning its Olympic bid amid a bitter diplomatic feud over islands claimed by both.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei twice refused to say whether congratulations would be forthcoming when asked at a regular briefing on Monday.
"We noted the decision by the International Olympic Committee," Mr Hong said before referring reporters to the Chinese Olympic Committee, where phones rang unanswered.
A staff member at the sports ministry's media office, who gave only her surname, Tian, said she had no information and was also unable to reach Olympic Committee officials. Nor was any statement forthcoming from the government of Beijing, host of the 2008 summer games.