While at an international table tennis competition in Japan, a U.S. player ended up riding on the Chinese team bus. Shortly thereafter, the Chinese invited the U.S. team to visit Beijing, and the U.S. Government approved.
In April, the U.S. team arrived in China, the first semi-official delegation of Americans there in two decades, and soon thereafter the United States eased trade and travel restrictions with China. The Chinese ping-pong team came to the United States in 1972.
U.S. Department of State, Public Broadcasting Service
Type of Exchange:
American Ping-Pong team
United States Government
People's Republic of China
Number of Participants:
Tuesday, April 6, 1971 to Saturday, April 17, 1971
Level of Government:
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