Chinese and American players will form a multinational team to participate in the World Table Tennis Mixed Doubles event, which makes people look forward to the “Ping Pong Diplomacy” initiated by China and the United States in 1971, which was known as “small ball spinning big ball.” Can the small ball change the strategic competitive relationship between China and the US? Can the two countries resume their cooperation in science and technology? It’s a long story.
First look back at the story of “Ping Pong Diplomacy”: After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the hostility between China and the United States remained in the 1970s. At that time, Gallup public opinion showed that most Americans opposed the restoration of China’s seat in the United Nations. After that, 45% of the public opinion in the United States turned to support and 38% opposed, and supporters surpassed opponents for the first time. So the world pattern changed, the small ball turned the big ball.
A new report from the Pew Research Center in March this year showed that 89% of Americans believe that China is a competitor/adversary, not a partner; nearly 50% believe that the priority goal of American diplomacy is to contain China. Of course, it also said that most people in the United States do not think it needs to cooperate with China in science and technology.
Fifty years ago, Sino-U.S. relations thaw. The U.S. did not open up high-tech to China. At that time, China was most anxious to import supercomputers for advanced scientific research projects. “Administrative Law”, China’s plan to invest 7 million US dollars to purchase French supercomputers was eventually rejected by “Batumi”. The ball can’t flip the Western technology blockade.