American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP
American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP

China tells US it wants more cooperation as it marks 50th anniversary of ‘ping pong diplomacy’

  • Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai says the two countries should revive the spirit of mutual respect that categorised the 1971 exchange
  • US team’s trip to China helped pave the way for Richard Nixon’s landmark visit the following year

Topic |   US-China relations
American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP
American and Chinese players train together in 1971. Photo: AFP
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