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Los Angeles Times article: Ping Pong Diplomacy July 8, 2011

Front page of Los Angeles Times Sports Section July 8, 2011: It has been 40 years since Ping Pong Diplomacy helped pave the way for China to enter the world’s community and Tim Boggan is growing tired of the diplomacy involved in celebrating Ping Pong Diplomacy. In 1971, the table tennis historian was one of the first Americans to enter China since 1949. But he says the speeches commemorating the 40-year anniversary are full of “niceties” and “politeness” to the point that nobody listens. So when Boggan rises to talk about his unlikely trip to China he delivers an original oration every time…

Ping Pong Diplomacy 1971

Ping Pong Diplomacy cover of Time MagazineNothing had prepared the world for the startling spectacle that happened in Peking, China in April of 1971. Chinese Premier, Chou En-lai greeted the first American delegation to set foot in the ancient Chinese capital since Mao Tse-tung took control of the land 22 years earlier. After nearly two decades of hostility towards the United States, fifteen American table tennis players and three journalists had made a breakthrough of historic proportions.

Table Tennis Plays a Role Again–30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and U.S., the Chinese Table Tennis Association would like to host a friendly match on Jan. 7, 2009. We wish the USATT help to see if two veteran players, George Braithwaite and Judy Hoarfrost, could come to the event. In addition, we wish to invite two young players (one male, one female) under the age of 18 to come to the event. The relevant expenses incurred from this trip will be born by the General Sport Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China. Did I wish to accept this invitation? You bet!

Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Rematch at Nixon Library June 10-11-12, 2008

Liang GeLiang and George Braithwaite

An elaborately staged Ping Pong Diplomacy “Rematch,” was held June 10-12, 2008 at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. It commemorated the Ping Pong Diplomacy of 1971, when the Chinese surprised the World by inviting a U.S. table tennis team to go to China. It was an outstanding diplomatic move alright, for these guests of China comprised the first group of Americans to enter that country in over 20 years. There followed in 1972 the historic visit of President Nixon to China (“Better off in conversation than conflict”), and the reciprocal visit of the Chinese to the U.S.

25th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy

Great WallThe 25th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy was celebrated in 1997 with events in USA and China. Judy Bochenski Hoarfrost, an original member of the 1971 PPD Team, wrote this globe-trotting account of meeting Henry Kissinger in NY, and traveling with her family for her first trip back to China since the height of the Cultural Revolution, noting the striking changes that have taken place in China in 25 years and marveling at the role that table tennis has played towards promoting peace.

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