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40 Years of U.S.-China Relations
June 16, 2018

40 Years of U.S.-China Relations

40 years ago, on January 1, 1979, the U.S. and China re-established diplomatic relations.


Chinese communist party leader Mao Tse-Tung, left, and U.S. President Richard Nixon shake hands as they meet, Feb. 21, 1972. Nixon's visit marks the first time an American president has visited the People's Republic of China. (AP Photo)
Over the last 40 years, each Ambassador has made their unique mark on further strengthening the U.S.-China relationship.
Women in the 40th
One of the richest areas of cooperation between the United States and China over the past 40 years has been in our shared commitment to environmental protection.  As our world has become more interconnected and the impacts of modern life become apparent on the environment, scientists and policy makers from both countries have met regularly to share information and ideas on how to best protect our planet.