Muhammad Ali visits the Kai Tak East Refugee Transit Centre on December 22, 1979. Picture: SCMP

How Muhammad Ali wooed ‘self-sufficient’ China on 1979 visit: ‘I just admire them so much’

Deng Xiaoping lifted a long-standing ban on boxing to allow ‘The Greatest’ to return and train Chinese Olympics team. In Hong Kong, Ali was mobbed by fans when visiting Vietnamese refugees in Kai Tak

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Muhammad Ali visits the Kai Tak East Refugee Transit Centre on December 22, 1979. Picture: SCMP
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