Anti-war demonstrators booed United States Secretary of State William Rogers and President Nixon's daughter Tricia as they arrived to watch a U.
MV Demonstrators outside Maryland university (2 shots)
GV & SV Spectators included Secretary of State Rogers & Nixon's daughter Tricia (2 shots)
GV Both teams arriving (SDS members)
MV Game in progress and players shaking hands.
"Three dozen demonstrators picketed, protesting the presence of the Chinese players. Inside, the house was full, Secretary of State Rogers arrived with President Nixon's daughter, Tricia, they were booed by S.D.S (Students for Democratic Society) in the audience, but they smiled through it all ignoring the protestors. The Chinese team is on a two week tour of the United States, playing a series of matches against the U.S. All Stars. As they entered, they were booed by a group of Chinese Nationalist sympathisers. Several of the sympathisers were escorted from the hall by the police, those who stayed continued to shout slogans throughout the tournaments, they were drowned out by the S.D.S. members. Those who came to see ping-pong saw the United States lose all but the last two games."
Pickets outside the University of Maryland on Tuesday protested against the visit of the Chinese table tennis team, continuing its two-week United States tour.
Inside the packed stadium, Secretary of State William Rogers and President Nixon's daughter, Tricia, were the target for a counter demonstration. They continued smiling despite the boos.
There was another outbreak of booing as the Chinese team entered the stadium. This time the outburst came from sympathisers of Taiwan. Some held up anti-Maoist slogans, and a few were escorted from the stadium by police.
For those who came to watch table-tennis, the evening produced another sweeping victory to the Chinese, this time by ten games to two.
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Background: Anti-war demonstrators booed United States Secretary of State William Rogers and President Nixon's daughter Tricia as they arrived to watch a U.S.-Chinese table tennis match in Maryland yesterday (Tuesday).
Later, as the two teams entered the Msryland University stadium, another group of about 50 demonstrators booed the Chinese players and held up anti-Maoist signs.
Once the protests were over,the Chinese palmers handed out another beating to the American teas, winning 10-2. A National Broadcasting commentary accompanies this film and is transcribed below. An alternative is provided overleaf.