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US-China / Ping Pong #20240

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 18, 1972
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(Studio) White House welcomes touring table tennis team from Communist China.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [President NIXON - praises ping-pong path to US-China friendship.]

(MD) At University of Maryland last night, White House delegation led by Tricia Nixon Cox was booed by antiwar demonstrators at ping-pong match. Ntlst. Chinese booed Communist Chinese team's appearance. When match was underway, crowd forgot politics and cheered spectacular volleys. [Former United States national ping-pong champ Patty CASH - says Chinese practice relentlessly.] [US table tennis team mbr., Wendy HICKS - says Chinese team visit may popularize sport.] US has won only 3 games against Chinese.
REPORTER: Bill Matney

Matney, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

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