The Chinese Ping-Pong team in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York, 1972. When they arrived in Detroit, the Chinese team was bemused at the sight of a welcoming crowd of people waving Mao’s “Little Red Book.” COURTESY OF NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR UNITED STATES–CHINA RELATIONS.

In 1971, Ping-Pong—the “ping heard round the world”—helped to create the first person-to-person, and then diplomatic, ties between two Cold War enemies: China and

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:56-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, International Relations|Comments Off on Ping-Pong Diplomacy (Pīng-Pāng Wàijiāo 乒乓外交)|Pīng-Pāng Wàijiāo 乒乓外交 (Ping-Pong Diplomacy)

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