China cheers Obama's pick of Steven Chu for US energy secretary

China's media on Friday cheered President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Chinese-American Steven Chu for the post of US energy secretary, saying it bodes well for future cooperation between the two countries. Photographs of Chu, who was born in St. Louis to Chinese parents, were printed on the front pages of major newspapers Friday, illustrating the pride China takes in the achievements of the vast Chinese diaspora. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist has been a vocal advocate of more research into alternative energy, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combat global warming.