The United States' Table Tennis Team has now left the People's Republic of China after its short tour.
MS EXT Chinese commune entrance
CU's of Chinese youths (2 shots)
LS Buildings on either side of canal
MS Table tennis team past camera
MLS Woman working in field
MCS American takes photograph
MS Women working in field
MS School children past camera
MLS Sampans on canal
MS Men working oar on sampan
LS Sampan along canal
MS Americans talking to Chinese in farm yard outside dispensary
MCU Two Americans walk past
MS Two women walking along street
MS Americans walking through street
MS Chinese with buckets on yoke
MS Men of the commune walking past camera
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Background: The United States' Table Tennis Team has now left the People's Republic of China after its short tour. This film, shot by the American National Broadcasting Company inside China, shows their visit to a Farm Commune near Shanghai.
This was the first visit by any American sports group since the communists came to power in 1949, and the friendly initiatives by American and Chinese leaders which accompanied it alone indicate that it was a diplomatic breakthrough.
President Nixon announced on the 14th. of April that he would soon approve a list of non-strategic goods which U.S. businessmen could export directly to China, and relaxed U.S. currency controls to permit the use of dollars by China. This end to the trade embargo came just before the opening of the Canton Spring Trade Fair.
Also on the 14th., Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai, presiding jovially over a reception for visiting table tennis teams from the United States, Britain, Canada, Colombia and Nigeria, spoke of a new page in the history of relations between the Chinese and American people, with constant contacts possible.
Diplomatic action towards China was stimulated in many parts of the world, and China and Britain opened a telephone link which had been closed for 22 years.
SYNOPSIS: A Chinese Farm Commune near Shanghai. This was one of the unusual places visited by the United States' Table Tennis Team during its short goodwill tour inside the People's Republic - the first by an American sports group since the Communists came to power in 1949.
The group of Americans were able to walk freely around the commune and watch people working. They were also free to take photographs.
The team captain Jack Howard later said in an interview that people seem to like life in China, and that a lot of information he had heard about the country was false. A female team member said on the other hand that she now appreciates America better after taking a look at china. Glenn Cowan, the long-haired 'hippie' member of the team, was very enthusiastic about China.
The Americans were able to form their impressions after chatting first-hand with the ordinary workers in the commune, in the fields, the dispensary and the machine-shop.
Group leader Graham Steenhoven has spoken since leaving the country of the warm welcome the team received everywhere. A Chinese table-tennis team has now been invited to visit the United States.