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.
January 1, 1979
In January 1979, the U.S. and China re-established official diplomatic relations. Pictured here: U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and Chai Tse-Min, head of the Washington China Liaison Office office, here pictured giving a toast to mark that historic day on January 1, 1979. Agreements on exchanges in science and technology, and commercial and industrial cooperation soon followed.(AP Photo)
January 12, 1984
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Premier Zhao Ziyang of China shake hands at the White House during Zhao’s visit #OnThisDay, January 12, 1984. After a Cabinet breakfast for Zhao at the White House, the two leaders participated in signing ceremonies completing agreements on exchange of science and technology, and commercial and industrial cooperation. (AP Photo)
January 12, 2004
U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham joined Chinese Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua for a ceremony at a Science and Technology Ministry building in Beijing #OnThisDay, January 12, 2004. Abraham was in China for the opening of an energy efficient building that represented a collaboration between the United States and China. (AP Photo)
January 18, 1979
Senator Edward Kennedy talks with Tsui Kuo-Wen and Chang Chu-han, right at reception #OnThisDay, January 18, 1979 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Washington. The two are part of group of scholars from the People’s Republic of China studying English in Washington. (AP Photo)
January 19, 1998
US Defense Secretary William Cohen toasts his Chinese counterpart Chi Haotian after they signed an agreement to formally establish a system for their navies to communicate at sea, at a ceremony in Diaoyutai #OnThisDay, January 19, 1998. Cohen and Chi held talks after the ceremony on a range of issues, including the promotion of Sino-US relations and coordination between the two armies.(AP Photo)
January 20, 2007
U.S. Undersecretary of State, Karen Hughes, speaks near a photo of late Martin Luther King at the Beijing No 2. Middle School where she met with Chinese and American students in an exchange program with a focus on Martin Luther King on Jan. 20, 2007. Hughes was in China with World Skating Champion Michelle Kwan who was appointed as an American Public Diplomacy Envoy last year to promote cross-cultural dialogue between youths.(AP Photo)
January 25, 1986
Edward Kennedy Jr., son of Sen. Ted Kennedy, pauses in front of an ornate pavilion while visiting the Summer Palace #OnThisDay, January 25, 1986 Beijing, China. Kennedy, who lost a leg to cancer, visited China to attend a conference on the problems of the disabled.
January 25, 2006
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick comes face-to-face with Qing Zai, an adult giant panda, during a trip to a conservation center in Chengdu #OnThisDay, January 25, 2006. Deputy Zoellick was in China to discuss trade and human rights, other issues.
The United States and China official re-established relations in January of 1979. That same month Deng Xiaoping made an official visit to Washington DC, where he met with President Carter and spoke to press and to the public. #OnThisDay
The United States and China official re-established relations in January of 1979. That same month Deng Xiaoping made an official visit to Washington DC, where he met with President Carter and spoke to press and to the public. In this iconic picture he dons a traditional American cowboy hat. #OnThisDay
January 31, 1979
#OnThisDay, January 31, 1979, during Deng Xiaoping’s big trip to Washington, he and U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed an agreement on culture cooperation between the two countries. Since then, the United States and China have held many significant cultural exchanges in almost every category of culture, art, dance, and music.
January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao was sworn in as a member of President Trump’s cabinet #OnThisDay, January 31, 2017. As U.S. Secretary of Transportation she is responsible for the nation’s transportation policy, including managing its road and airport systems. She served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-January 2009, and is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to the President’s Cabinet in American history.