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.

June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner traveled to Beijing #OnThisDay 1 June 2009 and reconnected with his former teacher.  Secretary Geithner attended University in Beijing in 1981 and 1982.  Here he is holding a photo of himself with his teacher during his college years. (AP Images)

June 2, 2005

June 2, 2005

While on a visit to Beijing, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez met with Tsinghua University students #OnThisDay 2 June 2005.  Gutierrez discussed the importance of intellectual property rights to economic development and trade. (AP Images)

June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew took the stage in a discussion on U.S.-China economic relations at Tsinghua University  #OnThisDay 5 June 2016.  As with many visiting U.S. officials, Lew—in Beijing for meetings with Chinese government officials—took the opportunity to engage with Chinese students.  (AP Images)

June 6, 2005

June 6, 2005

United States Global AIDS Coordinator Randall Tobias, right, shaking hands with Chinese AIDS patient Song Pengfei at Youan Hospital in Beijing #OnThisDay 6 June 2005.  Tobias’s visit coincided with a 3-year $35 million dollar grant the US announced to help China fight HIV/AIDS and increase cooperation between the two countries. Song Penfei is a volunteer who helps other AIDS patients find an emotional outlet through art work.  Tobias was visiting this hospital to learn about its care and treatment of AIDS patients. (AP Images)

June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

President Barack Obama hosted President Xi Jinping at a rural ranch in California for several days of meetings beginning #OnThisDay 7 June 2013.  They spent several days in intimate meetings discussing issues in the bilateral relationship. (AP Images)

June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016

As part of the US – China High Level Consultation on People to People Exchange, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and China Vice Premier Liu Yandong watch a demonstration of magnetic levitation  #OnThisDay 7 June, 2016 at the National Museum in Beijing, China.  Later, they sign soccer balls as they greet the Beijing Normal University women’s soccer team and the Duke University women’s soccer team as part of the same exchange.

June 9, 2006

June 9, 2006

Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Peter Ueberroth gives a torch from the 1984 Olympics to Liu Peng, president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, #OnThisDay June 9, 2006, in Irvine, California.  The two signed a document to increase athlete and coaching exchanges as well as anti-doping cooperation between the U.S. and China in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Games.(AP Images)

June 17, 1996

June 17, 1996

U.S. trade negotiator Charlene Barshefsky talks with Jiang Zemin in Beijing #OnThisDay June 17, 1996.  China and the United States were discussing the importance of intellectual property rights and other trade issues.(AP Images)

June 17, 2008

June 17, 2008

The first tour group from mainland China to take part in the Approved Destination Status program flew to the U.S. #OnThisDay 17 June 2008.  This program improved connections between Chinese travel agencies and U.S. tourism destinations so Chinese citizens could travel to even more American destination.  After the picture, the group boarded their flight to Washington D.C., the U.S. capital.(AP Images)