The United States' Table Tennis Team has left the People's Republic of China after a series of friendly matches there.
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SV PAN from cameramen to US Table Tennis team headed by Mr Steenhoven walking off plat-form
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SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: The United States' Table Tennis Team has left the People's Republic of China after a series of friendly matches there. The team, the first U.S. sports delegation to visit China since 1949, crossed the border into Hong Kong yesterday (Saturday 17 April) and told reporters at the border railway station of Chinese hospitality. Their only "complaint", they said, was that they had been fed "too well".
SYNOPSIS: The United States Table Tennis Team which has been playing a series of friendly matches in the People's Republic of China arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday (April 17). The team, the first American sports team to visit China since 1949, brought with them stories of hospitality and friendship as they left China at the end of their tour.
On their arrival at the railway station on the Hong Kong-Chinese border they were led off the train by team leader Mr Graham Steenhoven. His first words to waiting journalists were: "We are leaving a very friendly country. We have only one complaint -- they fed us too much." Other members of the 15-strong team agreed that the Chinese were a "warm, gracious and friendly" people. The Chinese have been invited to send a table tennis team to the United States, and discussions on this are continuing.
It was too early to say whether the visit paved the way for better relations between China and America, said Mr Steenhoven, but it was certainly a change for the better.