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'Tennis diplomacy' between China, S. Korea

China and South Korea advanced their unofficial relations Friday, squaring off in a historic tennis match that marked the first sports contact on Chinese territory between the two countries.

Touted as a round of ''tennis diplomacy,'' the match was reminiscent of the so-called Ping-Pong diplomacy of 1971 when the United States sent a table-tennis team to China before the countries formally recognized each other.

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South Korea and China, which do not have diplomatic relations, have competed at international sports meets before but have never sent their athletes to the other's territory.

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