U-M will host celebration of ‘ping-pong’ diplomacy between US, China

September 7, 2017
Debing Su


DATE: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

EVENT: In celebration of the 45th anniversary of ping-pong diplomacy between the United States and China, the University of Michigan will host an evening highlighting the history, impact and a continued dedication to a solid relationship between U-M and China. The event is free and open to the public.

After more than two decades of political disassociation between the U.S. and China, the Chinese Ping Pong delegation visited U-M in 1972. This activity helped begin formal communication and relations between the two nations, paving the way for normalization by 1979.

The event will include remarks from distinguished guests, a musical performance and exhibition table tennis games featuring high-level players, four of whom participated in the 1972 games in Ann Arbor.

PLACE: Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor

SPONSORS: U-M Office of Research, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute

INFORMATION: myumi.ch/ 65vqE