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Did Nepal have a role in developing the ping-pong diplomacy?
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Nepal, Oct. 14 -- It is said that Chinese president Xi Jinping spent about six years in rural areas of Shaanxi province, from 1969 to 1974, after his father was persecuted by extremist groups during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). In the spring of 1970, while he was still performing his duties in the neighbouring province of Shanxi (the two are different provinces) there was a commotion; a group of top table tennis champions, who had also earlier been sent to rural areas during the Cultural Revolution, accused as they were of being foreign spies, were suddenly recalled back to Beijing by none other than Premier Zhou Enlai. These players were subsequently asked to prepare to go to Nepal as part of a sports delegation, to participate i...
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