China, which failed to collect a single medal in the 2001 athletic worlds in Canada, keep low key at the 2003 world championships to be held in Paris on August 23-31.
The second group of the 35-strong Chinese athletic team arrivedhere on Tuesday afternoon and the whole squad's target is a medal no matter what its color is.
Zhu Hongjun, who earned the best result this year in men's 20kmwalk, will spearhead the Chinese corps on the first day of the championships.
Zhu will be followed by Song Hongjuan, who got the third best result this year in women's 20km walk.
China's another hope will come from Liu Xiang, a 110m hurdles sprinter who collected the third best result this year of 13.17 seconds.
Liu's coach Sun Haiping told Xinhua on the plane to Paris that Liu would be sure to clinch a medal if he could run around 13.10 seconds.
Liu, the Busan Asiad champion who has seen no opponent in Asia for quite a long time, said that although there are quite a few strong rivals in the world, he does not feel any pressure now and will try his best in the competition.
The other Chinese athletic stars to watch at the Paris worlds are Gu Yuan, last year's world cup champion of women's hammer, andSun Yingjie, who claimed the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the Busan Asian Games.
The Chinese squad will compete in 21 events at the Paris world championships.