Talk:Ping-pong diplomacy

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Old talk[edit]

It open doors for the China-U.S. relations —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 18:38, May 12, 2005 (UTC) a burning blaze

Nuclear umbrella[edit]

Nuclear Winter and Other Scenarios:

The purpose of the Russian's question was to remove the ambiguity that arose after the split between the Soviet Union and the Peoples' Republic of China as to whether the U.S. nuclear umbrella, which protected all countries not in the Soviet camp, now extended to protect China. By his reply, the American said that it did. The Soviet Union was then in an advanced stage of preparation for a nuclear attack on China's military and industrial facilities, which would also have caused the death of at least 300 million Chinese. A few weeks later, a higher-level Russian official asked the same question of a higher-level American official and got the same answer. Finally, Leonid Breshnev asked the same question of Henry Kissinger. He got the same answer, and decided not to go through with it. Shortly thereafter, the Chinese found out how the U.S. saved them from nuclear attack, and on April 6, 1971, they invited the U.S. ping-pong team to Peking. The rest is history.

If this is true, it puts a chilling note. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 11:09, November 14, 2005 (UTC)

No Americans in 22 years[edit]

"the first Americans to set foot in the PRC capital since Mao's communist party had come to power 22 years earlier" Theres something wrong with this - shouldnt it say 'officially sent' or something like that - there might have been American born Chinese or random tourists or whatever. You cant really be sure there wasnt a single american in beijing in 22 years -- Astrokey44|talk 02:25, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

No American in 22 years[edit]

Besides the other comment about this, the article mentions Edgard Snow being in Beijing in 1970, so that was one American there before the athletes.

Rodrigo de Salvo Braz (talk) 22:36, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Slight revisions[edit]

I slightly revised the wording in response to the comments and added a little, but I don't think I changed the meaning of anything. I might track down another reference to Ping Pong Diplomacy on the Chinese side and add it later. ch (talk) 04:46, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

The Ping Pong Diplomats[edit]

There was a programme on BBC Radio 4 yesterday that might be of interest to any editors here: The Ping Pong Diplomats. It is available on the Listen Again facility until Friday 27th June - you can get it here. I must confess that I was only half listening to it (I was driving at the time) so was unable to make notes and references for clean-up. However, I thought I would post the link here in case any editors who are far more studious than I would like to use it as a point of reference. StephenBuxton (talk) 11:33, 22 June 2008 (UTC)


"The U.S. Table Tennis team was in china in 1971 for the 31st World Table Tennis Championship on April 6th when they received an invitation to visit China", what? How could they get a invitation to visit China while they were already IN China? (talk) 03:49, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Forrest Gump[edit]

I think that it should be added that the events described in the article were portrayed in the film Forrest Gump.-- (talk) 13:03, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Quote source?[edit]

I can't find the quote by the American ping-pong player in the source article. Does anyone have another source for it? Wingedbeaver (talk) 02:07, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Picture of Glenn Cowan and Zhuang Zedong in Japan[edit]

Could someone please find and add this picture to the article? Thank you. -Devin Ronis (d.s.ronis) (talk) 03:13, 3 January 2013 (UTC)