Ping-Pong: A Diplomatic Test Balloon

The U.S. Ping-Pong team became the first group of Americans to visit mainland China since the Communist takeover in 1949.  “You have opened a new chapter in the relations between the American and Chinese people,” said Premier Chou En-Lai. “I am confident,” he...

Remembering Ping-Pong In College Park

Considerable attention was given two months ago to the fortieth anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China, but this month marked four decades since an event which, though it seems little-remembered now, was also a landmark in its way.  During the 1971 tour...