On This Day- March

On This Day
40 Years of U.S.-China Relations

40 years ago, on January 1, 1979, the U.S. and China re-established diplomatic relations. We invite you to join us over the next year as we recognize the anniversary and look back at the milestones over the last 40 years.

March 1,1999

March 1,1999

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan at the end of a joint press conference in Beijing #OnThisDay, 1 March 1999.  The next day she met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.  Albright visited Beijing to discuss Human Rights, as well as China’s efforts to join the World Trade Organization. (AP Images)

March 1,2006

March 1,2006

#OnThisDay, 1 March 2006, the Palace Museum in Beijing and the U.S.-based World Monument Fund announced a joint 10-year, US$15-18 million project to conserve the Garden built by Qing Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). Bonnie Burnham, President of the World Monument Foundation, pictured standing above the U.S. and Chinese flags, came to China for a signing ceremony held at the 230-year-old Qianlong gardens in the Forbidden City. She joined a colleague on a tour of the interior of the ancient rooms. (AP Images)

March, 9, 2011

March, 9, 2011

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on his side, President Barack Obama, center, announces Commerce Sec. Gary Locke, right, will be the next US ambassador to China in the Diplomatic Room of the White House Wednesday #OnThisDay, March, 9, 2011. Ambassador Locke’s grandfather emigrated to the United States from Guangdong in the late 19th century and his mother was from Hong Kong, making him the first Chinese-American U.S. Ambassador to China. (AP Images)

March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, left, and moderator Shi Yigong laugh as Faust answers a student’s question at Tsinghua University in Beijing, #OnThisDay, March 17, 2015. Faust spoke on the role universities can play in addressing climate change and other environmental issues. (AP Images)

March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, talks with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, at the Great Hall of the People #OnThisDay March 17, 2015 in Beijing, China. In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger played a singular role in communicating between the White House and Chinese leadership as the U.S. and China re-established diplomatic relations. He continues to visit China until this day. (AP Images)

March 18, 2001

March 18, 2001

Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing, left, plays table tennis with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, right, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing #OnThisDay, March 18, 2001.  A reception was hosted here to mark the 30th anniversary of the historic “ping-pong diplomacy” in the China-U.S. relations. (AP Images)

March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, center left, chats with other officials at the Nuclear Security Center of Excellence in Beijing #OnThisDay, March 18, 2016.  The U.S. Department of Energy assisted China with the expertise required to create the center, which has the capacity to train 2,000 nuclear-security staff for China and other nations in the Asia-Pacific region every year. (AP Images)

March 21, 2004

March 21, 2004

Deng Pufang, Chairman of the China Disabled Persons Federation, in wheelchair, giving Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle a tour of the Federation building in Beijing #OnThisDay, March 21, 2004.  Deng is the son of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.  Doyle was leading a trade delegation China. (AP Images)

March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, center left, and Chinese Chief of General Staff General Liang Guanglie, center right, listen to their national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Beijing #OnThisDay, 22 March 2007.  The Pentagon’s top general visited Beijing on a visit aimed at expanding military-to-military links, including joint search-and-rescue exercises and courses bringing together junior officers. (AP Images)

March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

U.S Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis lead a group of 1,000 U.S visitors in a climb of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall #OnThisDay 25 March 2016.  They were in China as part of the 2016 U.S.-China Tourism year, an effort to boost tourism, business and understanding between the United States and China. (AP Images)

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, third from right, and Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress Chen Zhili, second from left, gather for a meeting at the State Department in Washington D.C. #OnThisDay, 28 March 2012. (AP Images)