On This Day

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.

December 1, 1999

December 1, 1999

#OnThisDay Dr. Kurt Benirschke, president of the Zoological Society of San Diego, unveiled the English version of the name “Hua Mei” for the baby giant panda at the San Diego Zoo on Dec. 1, 1999. (AP Images)

December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008

#OnThisDay U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson delivered a speech in front of students at Tongji University in Shanghai.

December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

#OnThisDay in 2016, Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

December 3, 2004

December 3, 2004

#OnThisDay in 2004, Lee M.E. Morin, a former astronaut and U.S. deputy assistant secretary for space health science and technology in the State Department, gave a speech at the Beijing Aerospace University. Morin was in China to promote exchange and dialogue about space and presented about the work he did at the International Space Station.

December 4, 1996

December 4, 1996

#OnThisDay Experts of the Xing’an County Museum filed items found at the crash site of a U.S. plane found in southern China in December 1996. The plane which was believed to have been missing since an aid mission to China in World War II was discovered in the forest of Maor Mountian in Xing’an county.

December 5, 2007

December 5, 2007

#OnThisDay Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter spoke near a historical picture showing him with former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at the white house during a ceremony to mark U.S. China relations in Beijing.

December 6, 1988

December 6, 1988

#OnThisDay Mrs. Bette Bao Lord; her husband, Winston Lord then U.S. Ambassador to China; then Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Han Xu; and Dr. Henry Kissinger; and Richard Solomon, Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Planning posed at the Park-Plaza in New York City on Dec. 6, 1988, at a dinner marking the 10th anniversary of normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations.

December 8, 2003

December 8, 2003

#OnThisDay Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People’s Republic of China waved to the trading floor before ringing the opening bell in 2003. Wen was accompanied by New York Stock Exchange interim Chairman John Reed and exchange co-president Robert Britz.

December 9, 2003

December 9, 2003

#OnThisDay in 2003 President Bush and China’s Premier Wen Jiabao waved as they walked to the Oval Office for meetings.

December 9, 1996

December 9, 1996

#OnThisDay China’s Defense Minister Chi Haotian met with President Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996.

December 10, 2003

December 10, 2003

#OnThisDay in 2003 Premier Wen Jiabao of China spoke at Harvard University’s Business School.

December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

#OnThisDay in 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered remarks during the Tsinghua Environmental Forum .

December 10, 2007

December 10, 2007

#OnThisDay in 2007 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez spoke at the China-United States Innovation Conference in Beijing.