JINAN, China (Reuters) - Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai denied on Thursday one of the charges of bribery against him, a court in eastern China quoted him as saying as he appeared at the start of his trial.

Bo was charged with receiving about 21.8 million yuan ($3.56 million) in bribes from Xu Ming, a plastics-to-property entrepreneur who is a close friend, and Tang Xiaolin, the general manager of Hong Kong-based export company Dalian International Development Ltd, the court said.

Bo said he did not accept any bribes from Tang, according to a microblog by the Jinan court in eastern China.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch and Judy Hua; Editing by Ron Popeski)