North Korea Ping Pong Diplomacy I came to Yanji, China, ten years ago, in order to mitigate the tension between North Korea and the United States，with the hope that U.S. sanctions on North Korea can be eventually lifted. Recently an opportunity will emerge in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I have proposed a re-enactment of a Ping Pong Diplomacy with North Korea to the American table tennis association. The head of the association, Virginia Sung, has expressed interest, as "Ping Pong Diplomacy" would sure to help raise American public's interest in table tennis. However, when I mentioned this proposal to my North Korean friends, their response was a bit like what China thought back then about America -- the United States is the enemy, and any kind of friendly interaction with the United States was treason. North Korea's situation is very similar to that of China in 1970. At that time, the United States announced that it would withdraw from Vietnam and expressed interest to be friends with China. But there was no viable entry point. What made it more strikingly similar was that, at that time, China, like North Korea today, was using the Cultural Revolution to express unwavering hatred for the United States. And the sentiment of the people throughout the country, up to the top diplomat, Zhou En-lai, was extremely anti-American - that was, except for the table tennis champion Zhuang Zedong, who, against all odds, initiated the Ping Pong Diplomacy. Check out what transpired in this historical junction, in the following youtube.com clip to hear straight from the horse's mouth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh9L5qAteTo And here is China's official account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htJHjmo2xaQ Later, China's change of mind were due to Mao Zedong's decree. Mao believed that interaction was better than hostility. That allowed the Ping Pong Diplomacy to proceed smoothly, and eventually made China and the United States friends. If the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could also take advantage of the opportunity of of our proposed Ping Pong Diplomacy, then the people of America might just also become friends with people of North Korea. And friends do not sanction each other. Therefore, we should first tell this story to our own North Korean friends. It is hoped that they could pass it on to the relevant parties, so the North Korea's table tennis team at the Olympics and the America table tennis team could work together toward peace in the world.