by Pan Lijun, Zhou Saang, Wang Ying

“Ping-Pong Diplomacy” is a well-known term in the history of U.S.-China ties. But few may be aware that music also played a not to be underestimated part in thawing ties between the two countries.
Although it is commonplace today for artists from the United States and China to share a stage, it definitely wasn’t before the 1970s.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is a forerunner on this front, making history with a pioneering trip to China in 1973…

Reblogged from China.org.cn

Image courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra