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China's ping pong 'army' conquering the world

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>> Ping pong dreams. Dozens of Chinese athletes that failed to make the world's strongest team are fanning out across the globe. The result at the Olympic Games, like here in Rio, 27 of a 140 table tennis players are actually Chinese draped under another flag. So it's no surprise this score board is covered with Chinese names.
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Reuters reporter Brenda Goh is watching them in Rio.>> China does not allow dual citizenship. Chinese team is a very, very competitive to get in. And once they reach a certain age, about 17 or 18, these players wanted to make a choice on whether to stay in China or go abroad and try their luck at other teams.
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>> Melek Hu is one of them. She went to Turkey at 18, changed her name from Hou Meiling, picked up a new passport and has made it to her second Olympic Games.>>
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or troops deployed abroad. Chinese state media follows their competitions, and their victories are also a source of national pride. Melek still cheers for China's athletes in other events, even if they're playing against Turkey, and she hasn't ruled out the possibility of one day returning to the motherland.
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>> In China, the overseas players are called