Chinese and US table tennis players mark 50 years since ‘ping-pong diplomacy’

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Shanghai hosted a series of friendly table tennis matches between Chinese and American amateur players on April 10, 2021, to mark the 50th anniversary of “ping-pong diplomacy”. The historic sports exchange in 1971 paved the way for the normalisation of China-US relations, including the first visit by a US president, Richard Nixon, to the People’s Republic of China. The 50th anniversary comes amid rising tensions between the two superpowers over issues such as trade, human rights and new national security laws recently introduced in Hong Kong.


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