Wang Manyu of China (left) and Kanak Jha of the United States in action at the World Championships in Huston as two mixed doubles pairs between the two nations were formed to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Ping Pong” diplomacy. They beat Mariia Tailakova and Vladimir Sidorenko of Russia 3-0 in the opening round. Photo: Xinhua
Wang Manyu of China (left) and Kanak Jha of the United States in action at the World Championships in Huston as two mixed doubles pairs between the two nations were formed to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Ping Pong” diplomacy. They beat Mariia Tailakova and Vladimir Sidorenko of Russia 3-0 in the opening round. Photo: Xinhua

China-US relationship enjoys winning start at table tennis World Championships, as ‘ping pong diplomacy’ returns after 50-year gap

  • Combined mixed doubles teams ease through first round on the opening day in Houston
  • Hong Kong’s paddlers have mixed day in singles as city’s Olympians return to competition

Topic |   ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation)
Wang Manyu of China (left) and Kanak Jha of the United States in action at the World Championships in Huston as two mixed doubles pairs between the two nations were formed to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Ping Pong” diplomacy. They beat Mariia Tailakova and Vladimir Sidorenko of Russia 3-0 in the opening round. Photo: Xinhua
Wang Manyu of China (left) and Kanak Jha of the United States in action at the World Championships in Huston as two mixed doubles pairs between the two nations were formed to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Ping Pong” diplomacy. They beat Mariia Tailakova and Vladimir Sidorenko of Russia 3-0 in the opening round. Photo: Xinhua
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