Zhuang Zedong dies at 72; helped get ‘pingpong diplomacy’ rolling

Chinese table tennis champion broke the ice with Americans in 1971 after decades of Cold War tension with an act of friendliness. Whether spontaneous or meticulously planned, it changed history.

It might have been a chance meeting or a cunning act of propaganda, but the encounter more than 40 years ago between two pingpong champions &mdash…

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