50th Anniversary Exhibition: US-China Ping Pong Diplomacy



From April 10-17, 1971, at the invitation of the Chinese Ping Pong Delegation, the US table tennis delegation visited China after participating in the 31st World Table Tennis Championships in Nagoya, Japan, which opened the door to friendly exchange between the Chinese and American peoples. Ping Pong started the thaw and development of the China-US relations. How “the little ball moves the big ball” as described by Premier Zhou Enlai remains a much-told story in the history of diplomacy.

Five decades later, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Carter Center will co-host the “China-US Ping Pong Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Exhibition”. The precious photographs, videos and collections on display take us back to the history-making spring half a century ago and will inspire us on the way forward.