YMCA China

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The YMCA Movement has been active in China since the 1870s. The General Committee of China, Korea, and Hong Kong was founded in 1901. In 1902, the headquarters was established in Shanghai. In 1912, the General Committee became the National Committee of the Young Men’s Christian Association of China. The YMCA introduced many Western sports and Western style sports competitions, and initiated the Olympic Movement in China. While relations between the YMCA in the US and China were impacted by the changing government in China, relations were renewed in 1979 and the US National Council of YMCAs for the YMCAs of China returned in 1983. There have been continued delegations and visits between the two ever since.