(Essential questions) Short comment: Why did China and the United States win the first group of mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships?

  China News Service, Beijing, November 30th. Title: Why is the first group of China and the United States winning the mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships?

  Author Xu Huanguan

  On November 29, Beijing time, at the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, USA, a pair of Sino-US mixed doubles won the bronze medal.

On the 50th anniversary of China-US "Ping Pong Diplomacy", this time the first mixed doubles of China and the US won the medal and attracted people's attention.

On November 28, 2021, at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships mixed doubles match in Houston, USA, Sino-US transnational team Lin Gaoyuan (China) (left)/Zhang An (USA) (right) won the bronze medal.

The picture shows the award ceremony.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan

  Table tennis is China's "national game", and it began to be promoted on the mainland in the 1950s.

After Rong Guotuan won gold at the Dortmund World Table Tennis Championships in 1959, table tennis, which carries the pride and glory of the Chinese people, has become more popular.

The subsequent "ping-pong diplomacy" became even more popular.

On November 22, 2021, two Sino-US multinational mixed doubles teams preparing for the World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, USA, will practice together.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan

  In April 1971, Chinese player Zhuang Zedong who competed in Japan shook hands with American athlete Cohen. The friendly feelings of the people of China and the United States. Under the guidance of the political wisdom and diplomatic art of the leaders of the two countries to transcend differences and seek common ground while shelving differences, the small ball turned the big ball. Relations between major powers broke the ice.

After the exchange of visits between Chinese and American players, the upsurge of the two places, the American people holding high signs writing "Understanding, Friendship, Peace", has made many witnesses unforgettable.

In April 2021, Shanghai, ITTF Museum and China Table Tennis Museum will hold the "Shanghai Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Sino-US Table Tennis Diplomacy".

Photo by China News Agency reporter Tang Yanjun

  The interconnection between the nation and the world.

Table tennis originated in the West.

At the end of the 19th century, tennis was popular in Europe, but due to restrictions on venues and weather, the British people began to explore moving tennis indoors.

Gradually, the "table tennis" (table tennis), which uses tables as a court and wooden boards to slap hollow balls, was born.

This is a naturally simple and fun sport. The Chinese name is "Ping Pong" because of the clear and bright sound of hitting the ball.

In March 2006, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sino-US ping-pong diplomacy, the American table tennis delegation visiting China at the invitation of the Chinese Table Tennis Association came to Shanghai to relive the good past with the athletes who participated in Sino-US ping-pong diplomacy.

The picture shows the famous Chinese table tennis player Zhuang Zedong with American athlete Tim Bogan.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Tang Yanjun

  Later, Ivo Montagu, the "Father of Table Tennis", who served as the first president of the ITTF, infused table tennis with the connotations of friendship, peace, respect and equality.

During World War II, table tennis was listed as a Red Cross aid and entered the prisoner of war camp. The new World Table Tennis Championships after the war urged the Soviet Union to participate.

In 1952, Montagu visited China. The ITTF became one of the first international organizations to open its doors to the People's Republic of China. The World Table Tennis Championships also became the world's first international sports event to transfer the hosting rights to cities in Africa and Asia.

In April 2021, an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of China-US "Ping Pong Diplomacy" will be held in Beijing.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger gave a video speech.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Zhang Xinglong

  It can be seen that if sports itself has the connotation of pursuing equality and unity, then ping-pong is the "special" contained in the "universal". Because of its unique origin, character and memory, it is more condensed to overcome obstacles, create exchanges, and create exchanges. Promote understanding and convey the value of friendship.

In July 2011, the Chinese delegation came to the Nixon Presidential Library in California, USA, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of ping-pong diplomacy with US representatives.

The picture shows Liang Geliang and George Braithwaite, who met for the first time in the Sino-US table tennis friendly, relive the historical moments.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Mao Jianjun

  This time, it is the first time for the World Table Tennis Championships to go to America.

The first group of Sino-U.S. cross-country mixed doubles teams performed well. The U.S. table tennis team won the World Table Tennis Championships medal for the first time in 62 years. Table tennis enthusiasts, sports circles, and the people of the two countries who support Sino-U.S. friendship are delighted by it. .

In April 2021, a series of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sino-US table tennis diplomacy will be held in Shanghai’s International Table Tennis Federation Museum and China Table Tennis Museum.

The picture shows Chinese and American players participating in a friendly table tennis match.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Tang Yanjun

  The ingenious combination of the Chinese and American mixed doubles allows people to relive historical experience and wisdom, and once again use table tennis, a symbolic sport, to tell the world the meaning and results of breaking the divide.

It conveys the concept of respect, mutual learning, and win-win, and reminds the world that unity is better than confrontation, cooperation is better than disagreement, and unity is better than isolation.

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On November 23, 2021, at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston, USA, the Sino-US transnational team Wang Manyu (left) and Kanak are in the match.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan

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