China might bar live television broadcasts from Tiananmen Square during the Beijing Olympics, apparently unnerved by the recent outburst of unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the Chinese capital.
Now that Major League Baseball has completed its first trip to China, it's looking ahead to a repeat visit after the Los Angeles lost to the San Diego Padres 6-3 in the finale of a two-game exhibition series.
Reps from several MLB teams are headed meet with government officials, visit the Olympic venue and take in a couple of China Baseball League games while trying to determine how soon a major league team could play exhibitions there.
In Japan for an All-Star tour, baseball officials said Friday the sport will open an office in Beijing within a month to help promote the game in a nation that has a population of more than 1.3 billion.
On Sunday, MLB and its fledgling counterpart, the China Baseball Association, announced they would formally team up to promote baseball in every corner of the communist nation ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.