A.U.S. table-tennis team on Saturday became the first American sports group to enter the People's?
A.U.S. table-tennis team on Saturday became the first American sports group to enter the People's Republic of China since the Communists came to power 22 years ago.
The party of 15 players, officials and wives, which will be in China for one week, crossed the bridge which separates Hong Kong from China in bright sunshine, to be greeted by uniformed Chinese officials. They were to travel by train to Canton, 40 miles away,(64 kms) before flying to Peking.
Officials in Washington have welcomed the trip as a possible break in the long history of hostile relations between the two powers.
A Canadian table tennis team is already in Peking, and the New China News Agency reported that they were feted at a banquet given by the all-China Sports Federation.
Players from Colombia accompanied the Americans into China, and teams from Britain and Nigeria - which like Canada recently recognised Peking - are expected to go to China in a few days time.