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In North Korea, Yao Ming becomes China's answer to Dennis Rodman

2018-10-11 09:30:09       source:The Washington Post

October 10, 2018

When it comes to foreign basketball superstars who have visited North Korea, one player used to tower above all others: 6-foot-7, five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman. But as of this week, there’s a new and (quite literally) bigger name in town.

Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 former NBA player who now serves as chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday as part of a high-level delegation from China. The one-time Houston Rockets center took to the court after a friendly game between Chinese and North Korean players Tuesday, offering congratulations to both sides.

The Chinese delegation’s visit to North Korea comes as the United States is planning for a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump. On Wednesday, China released a document that called for a relaxation of sanctions against North Korea — a key part of the Trump administration’s pressure on North Korea.

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