The Nation: Service Returned

"When the flowers are in bloom," Chou En-lai promised. Sure as spring, the Red Chinese returned the first service of Ping Pong diplomacy by dispatching its world champion table tennis team to the U.S. Scheduled to begin a nine-city tour in Detroit this week, the team first journeyed to Canada, where it defeated the local talent with Oriental restraint. The Chinese youngsters also showed a keen sense of diplomacy away from their paddles. As their bus pulled up to an Ottawa hotel, the team startled onlookers by bursting into a chorus of Alouelte.

It is hoped that the U.S. tour will proceed...

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