Sports diplomacy builds trust between countries | 2017-02-13 11:27

Editor's note: After reportedly hitting it off in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe teed off on the golf course on Feb 11, and discussed US-Asia engagement.

Sports diplomacy is an increasingly important aspect of diplomatic practice. As a universal language which plays a unique role in shaping and showcasing a country's identity, values and culture, sports may transcend cultural differences and bring people together. The values of sport—competition, teamwork and fair play—help build trust between countries. Let's check out some of the most well-known sports encounters between country leaders over the past decades.

Sports diplomacy builds trust between countries

US President Donald Trump high-fives Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while playing golf in Florida on Feb 11, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

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