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      Quote Originally Posted by hillwalker View Post
      I'd note that Thomas Weikert is old enough, to remember when Germany was split in two with a fortified border between communist and capitalist halves, and to remember the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification.

      So not surprising the Germans will have strong feelings and a soft spot about this situation.

      Do not overestimate the size of that soft spot. Quite a few people in Germany do not have that spot (any longer)...the ones that still have it, might have some feelings about it, but not all of them are positive feelings/emotions...
      As for Weikert: No comment...

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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      ...And that Japan and Germany were going to join forces to commemorate their alliance from a bygone era?

      Dima 'n Koki walking hand in hand together into the sunset after a long battle in the trench? Why not! Like that picture...

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      A little correction here. Korea was not divided by communist forces, but occupied by the Soviet and US after WWII. If the Soviet Union and US didn't interfere, Korea would never have split into two countries.
      Haha, I suppose that's the diplomatic way of looking at it. However, I'm doubtful the communists would be happy with having a democracy on their border. They would have done something about it. And the US could have just given this small country up to a brutal regime and decided it wasn't worth the trouble.

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      Before 1989 was there East German team and West German team both seperate representing table tennis and in other sports like North Korea and South Korea has had ever since 1945 ?

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      East Germany and West Germany were both among the founding members of the ETTU in 1957. You bet there was.
      Race for Tokyo 2020 - China, Japan
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      Quote Originally Posted by countrybread View Post
      Haha, I suppose that's the diplomatic way of looking at it. However, I'm doubtful the communists would be happy with having a democracy on their border. They would have done something about it. And the US could have just given this small country up to a brutal regime and decided it wasn't worth the trouble.
      Not nececessarily, as China later broke ties with the Soviet and Vietnam. What communists do not like is US-influenced democracies.

      Had the US done that, it's likely Korea would've declared independence in 1989.

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      apparently the Korean team is 3 NK players and 2SK players (YANG Haeun & JEON Jihee)

      SUH Hyowon must not be very happy about it

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      I don't know. Jeon Jihee is getting steamrolled. Ito is the best against choppers and Ishikawa has gotten better, too. I thought they would bench Kim Song I.

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      Hey guys i took this video yesterday, it was from behind the scenes of the North and South korea unity.


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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      Did I hear correctly that ITTF announced ML and FZD would play on the women's team in the next round? And that Japan and Germany were going to join forces to commemorate their alliance from a bygone era?
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      That probably is not right, did a Google search, didn't find anything to corroborate your hearing
      You knew I was joking, right?
      Spin Everything.

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      Huh, Trump finished uniting Korea already? Making the world great again

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Not nececessarily, as China later broke ties with the Soviet and Vietnam. What communists do not like is US-influenced democracies.

      Had the US done that, it's likely Korea would've declared independence in 1989.
      You're a very optimistic person, haha! I like that.

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      Quote Originally Posted by hillwalker View Post
      I'd note that Thomas Weikert is old enough, to remember when Germany was split in two with a fortified border between communist and capitalist halves, and to remember the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification.

      So not surprising the Germans will have strong feelings and a soft spot about this situation.
      We sure do. But as much as i understood, they just felt the heat of the moment and then took advantage of it AS A SYMBOL AND A SIGNAL OF WORLDPEACE.
      You might wanna read this:
      https://www.mytischtennis.de/public/...e-regeln-ldquo

      Unfortunately i have no time to translate now, but maybe you could use an online translator.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jimbob MacInbred View Post
      Do not overestimate the size of that soft spot. Quite a few people in Germany do not have that spot (any longer)...the ones that still have it, might have some feelings about it, but not all of them are positive feelings/emotions...
      As for Weikert: No comment...
      Some of my russian friends won't like the following, but most of my russian friends will appreciate what i wrote, so here we go:
      Nah, even though these voices seem to be getting louder lately, that is exactly what a troll-factory from St.Petersburg is trying to make people think, but nothing could be further from the truth.

      Most people haven't forgot and are thankful for what Mr. Gorbatschow and Mr. Bush and Mr. Kohl have made possible for us.
      As a matter of fact many also haven't forgotten what Mr. Putin said when he was first "elected" a while ago, when he said that he wanted to correct the biggest geopolitical mistake of the 20th Century, the collapse of of the former soviet union. Back then everyone was guessing what he could have meant. Now about 20 years later after seeing what has happened to the Krim and actually the whole Ukraine things are getting a little clearer...

      Anyhow most people in Germany are happy for the fall of the wall!
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      Weikert citation as follows:

      --"Ja, wir respektieren die Regeln. Ja, wir haben sie geändert. Aber das hier ist größer als die Regeln.“

      Yes, we respect Rules. Yes, we oversteped Rules. But it is beyond any Rules.

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      The decision must have been consulted with other federations, right? "Luckily" Japan won the duel, by if it was the other way, there might have been some controversy ...

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      So how about Hong Kong and China? They are apparently ONE country.

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      Japan is happy.
      They killed two birds with a single stone

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