An epic tale of two peoples across the Pacific

10:18, April 13, 2011      

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Forty years ago, a U.S. table tennis team visited China, marking the beginning of an end to bilateral estrangement.

Forty years later, China's State Councilor Liu Yandong has started her visit to boost Sino-U.S. exchanges in education, culture, science and technology, as well as sports, key areas to sustain a growing relationship of global impact.

During her visit, Liu will chair the second round of high-level consultation meetings on people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries.


When Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the United States earlier this year, he was greeted not only with a 21-gun salute, but also with a Chinese greeting from Sasha, the daughter of his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

Learning Chinese has now become a fashion in the United States, as over 80 Confucius Institutes have opened across the country, teaching the Chinese language and introducing traditional Chinese culture.

"We often hold prejudices against other countries, but this anger and criticism can often lead to cultural shock. We need to learn about their cultures, understand more about each other, and try to build common ground despite our differences," Galeb Dependahl from George Washington University said. And yes -- he said it all in Chinese.

Dependahl is now competing with other 11 Americans students from seven universities or colleges for two tickets to attend the finals of a worldwide college-level Chinese competition in Beijing named "the Chinese Bridge."

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Source: Xinhua
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