Chinese language Basketball Affiliation (CBA) president Yao Ming (4th L) talks with Chinese language Desk Tennis Affiliation president Liu Guoliang (third L) throughout a particular occasion to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Ping-Pong Diplomacy between China and america in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2021. (Xinhua/Wu Bowen)
World champion Liang Geliang had most likely not anticipated that fifty years after “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” occurred, he and American counterpart Judy Hoarfrost would have the ability to play a desk tennis recreation over 10,000 kilometers aside.
A commemorative occasion marking the fiftieth anniversary of “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” was held on the Shougang Park right here on Saturday, the second time that China has celebrated the historic interval in a fortnight.
Over 400 individuals from the 2 international locations, together with many historic witnesses, attended this occasion, paying tribute to the good historic occasion in addition to to hold ahead the friendship between the Chinese language and American peoples.
Due to superior applied sciences, a VR Ping-Pong recreation between Liang and Hoarfrost was made a actuality. Maybe fittingly, given the theme of “Friendship First,” the match resulted in a 2-2 tie.
MARKING A HISTORIC PERIOD
The commemorative occasion was collectively hosted by the Chinese language Individuals’s Affiliation for Friendship with International Nations (CPAFFC), China’s Basic Administration of Sport and China-U.S. Individuals’s Friendship Affiliation.
On the conclusion of the thirty first World Championships in Nagoya, Japan, on the invitation of the Chinese language desk tennis group, the U.S. desk tennis group arrived on April 10, 1971, to begin their go to to China, changing into the primary U.S. group to go to because the founding of the Individuals’s Republic of China in 1949.
Three months later, then U.S. Nationwide Safety Advisor Henry Kissinger paid a secret go to to China.
“The fiftieth anniversary of the invitation to the American Ping-Pong group to China marked a big and nostalgic occasion,” Kissinger mentioned in a video speech at Saturday’s occasion.
“The importance of the occasion is that quite a few little steps are typically wanted to make nice conclusions,” he added.
The Chinese language group paid a return go to the next yr. The mutual visits broke the ice in twenty years of estranged China-U.S. relations and ultimately led to the normalization of bilateral ties.
Li Furong, then a member of the Chinese language group, recalled the scene previous to their departure.
“The guideline of ‘Friendship First’ implies that desk tennis isn’t just a sport, however somewhat its implications have been broadened. 50 years later, ‘Ping-Pong Diplomacy’ is ready to proceed its features in making buddies and making better contributions to friendship between the 2 peoples,” he famous.
Liang famous that “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” mirrored a standard aspiration of the individuals for a greater life.
“Ping-Pong Diplomacy not solely enhanced the friendship between the Chinese language and American peoples via honest and pleasant exchanges between desk tennis gamers of the 2 international locations, but in addition demonstrated the distinctive political knowledge and strategic imaginative and prescient of leaders of the older era, who rose above variations in ideology and stored up with the development of the occasions,” commented Lin Songtian, President of the CPAFFC.