IT'S taken five years of strutting and posing, but China has achieved another of its global ambitions when a 23-year-old secretary from Beijing was crowned Miss World.
Zhang Jilin took the crown in Sanya, aresort at the sub-tropical southern tip of China's Hainan island, at the weekend. At 182cm, she was the tallest of the 106 contestants.
The crowd at the $13.5 million purpose-built tiara-shaped beauty parade centre went wild. The closest China had come to winning the contest was four years ago, also in Sanya, when the then Miss China came third.