Although the American table tennis team has left the People's Republic of China the warmth of their reception lingers on.
Although the American table tennis team has left the People's Republic of China the warmth of their reception lingers on. The English team which was also invited to visit the country is still in China and receiving the same reception accorded the Americans. They have played matches against the Chinese winning 5-4 in the men's matches, but losing 3-0 in the womens. The English team has been taken to Shanghai as part of their tour where they were shown over an Industrial Exhibition.
Visnews staff man Russell Spurr has been accompanying the English team as the guest of the Chinese Government.
SYNOPSIS: The English table tennis team has been received with the same warmth shown the American side which has just finished its tour to the People's Republic of China. The English team arrived a few days ago and played matches against the Chinese in Peking.
Before a crowd of 18,000 the biggest the English players had ever appeared before, the men came from behind to win five matches to tour.
The women didn't fare as well. The Chinese easily beat them three matches to nil. After the matches, the English team leader extended an invitation to the Chinese to visit England early next year. The Chinese have accepted, but as yet no firm details have been worked out.
From Peking, the English team went to Shanghai....which seems to be the second major show place in China. They were taken to a huge hall to inspect an industrial exhibition. The show was built by the Soviet Union to show off their merchandise. The Russians pulled out, and the Chinese took over. All the equipment on show was made after the Cultural Revolution. It includes a water cooled generator of entirely new design which has attracted interest from Western buyers. Mr Charles Wyles, the leader of the English team, extended the invitation to the Chinese team to visit Britain just after the visit was over. It will be the first Chinese team to come to London since 1965.