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Communist China / United States Ping Pong Team Visit #15380

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 09, 1971
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(Studio) United States Ping Pong Team flies from Japan to Hong Kong en route to Communist China tomorrow.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Hong Kong, China) [US Table Tennis Association President Graham STEENHOVEN - says didn't have to have United States Govt. permission to visit Communist China; rejects idea invitation has political motives.] [US Team Mbr. Glenn COWAN - in response to reporter questions, says:interested to see Chinese reactions; however they judge me is fine; doesn't feel political pressures; to play ping pong and learn about China.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) State Department warns United States Oil Companies to stay out of disputed Yellow Sea and E. China Sea, rptdly. in reaction to earlier Communist China initiatives; these moves may eventually lead to direct talks between United States and Communist China.

(Studio) Communist China charged United States plane and warship violated territorial limits yesterday.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Gill, Bill;
Koppel, Ted;
Smith, Howard K.

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