Ping Pong Diplomacy in San Francisco

Earlier this week, San Francisco hosted a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, which resulted in the foundation of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S.

Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong’s congratulation letter was read aloud at the event. It read: “Forty years ago, thanks to the extraordinary strategic vision and remarkable diplomatic skills of our leaders of the older generation, that magic small ball successfully gave a big push to the big ball of China-US relations.”

Strengthening the China-US Bond

Liu continued, expressing her hopes that man-on-man exchanges could continue to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. “In the course of the growth of the China-US relationship, people-to-people interactions, including sports exchanges, play an indespensible part. That makes the observance of Ping Pong Diplomacy even more necessary and important today,” she said.

An Historical Stand Point

According to Vice Minister of China’s General Administration of Sport Cai Zhenhua, the relationship between the countries is “at a new historical stand point.”

“We shall continue what we started,” he said. “Together with our American friends in the sports circle, we will strengthen China-US sports exchanges, promoting the understanding and friends between players and people in general, so as to promote the China-US relations to a new height.”

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