Fifty years on, China ramps up ‘ping-pong diplomacy’ in South Pacific

Papua New Guinea table tennis players Goada Elly and David Thomas play on a table during a practice session at a Beijing-funded facility in central Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – Inside a Chinese-funded facility perched on a steep hill overlooking Port Moresby’s sparkling harbor, Papua New Guinea’s best table tennis players are honing techniques picked up months earlier on a sponsored trip to Shanghai. China’s backing is helping the sport, also known as ping-pong, establish an unlikely foothold in the Pacific […]

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