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.

September 4, 1995

September 4, 1995

#OnThisDay in 1995, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a special session of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. This conference marked a significant turning point for the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries, is an agenda for women’s empowerment and considered a key global policy document on gender equality. It sets strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical areas of concern.(AP Images)

September 5, 1996

September 5, 1996

#OnThisDay in 1996, former U.S. President George Bush met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin at Zhongnanhai in Beijing.(AP Images)

September 6, 2001

September 6, 2001

#OnThisDay in 2001, President Jiang Zemin shook hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  President Jimmy Carter didn’t visit China during his presidency. In 1979, he signed the second communique formally establishing diplomatic relations with China. For more than 15 years, at the invitation of the Chinese government, the Carter Center worked to help standardize the vast array of electoral procedures being used in rural China and to foster better governance in local communities.(AP Images)

September 8, 2000

September 8, 2000

#OnThisDay in, 2000, President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin met at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel while in New York to attend the United Nations Millennium Summit.(AP Images)

September 9, 2003

September 9, 2003

#OnThisDay in 2003, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech to students of Peking University. Carter, recognized China’s moves toward a more open society. The motto reads “Viewing the world from China; Viewing China from the World.”(AP Images)

September 11, 2007

September 11, 2007

#OnThisDay Acting U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Nancy Nord and Chinese Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine Wei Chuanzhong, exchanged documents after signing a joint declaration to enhance the quality of consumer products on Sept. 11, 2007, during a ceremony at the Biennial U.S.-Sino Consumer Product Safety Summit in Washington.(AP Images)

September 13, 1980

September 13, 1980

#OnThisDay in 1980 San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein laughed and threw up her arms after cutting the ceremonial red ribbon officially opening People’s Republic of China trade fair in San Francisco. With her, from left, are Chai Zemin, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, John Molinari, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Chinese Vice Premier Bo Yibo.(AP Images)

September 14, 1998

September 14, 1998

#OnThisDay Deng Pufang, son of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, briefed visiting United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights Mary Robinson during the latter’s call on the head of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation on Sept. 14, 1998 in Beijing. Robinson met with various sectors of China in the course of her human rights task for the U.N. It was the first visit by a Human Rights commissioner to China.(AP Images)

September 16, 2008

September 16, 2008

#OnThisDay Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab before a meeting of U.S. China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Sept. 16, 2008.(AP Images)

September 17, 1980

September 17, 1980

#OnThisDay in 1980 American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick and models strolled down the Great Wall of China in Beijing. The models were wearing Halston’s designs made of silks from China.(AP Images)