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By Associated Press in Havana | China Daily | Updated: 2016-06-28 07:39

The Shaq show came to Havana on Sunday as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal put on a basketball clinic for local youngsters, becoming the latest emissary for US outreach to the people of Cuba.

The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and four-time NBA champion led star-struck kids in layup drills and coached scrimmages while onlookers cheered from the sidelines, part of a US State Department-sponsored visit to foster people-to-people exchanges with Cuban citizens.

Recent months and years have seen a string of US sporting, diplomatic and cultural missions to the island as Washington and Havana mend relations that were openly hostile for more than five decades. Ties were formally restored last year under presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro.

Shaq slam dunks basketball diplomacy

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