On This Day – May

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.

May 1, 2002

May 1, 2002

President Hu Jintao visited Washington DC in May 2002 to meet with President George Bush, #OnThisDay.  In his speech, picture here, he expressed a desire for “enhanced mutual understanding and trust towards a constructive and cooperative” China-U.S. relationship.  At left is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.(AP Images)

May 2, 2002

May 2, 2002

During his May 2002 visit to the United States, President Hu Jintao visited San Francisco, which has one of the largest and oldest China Towns in America.  Here he shares a toast with then San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown at a dinner held in his honor #OnThisDay, 2 May 2002. He also toured the Golden Gate Bridge and visited Silicon Valley.(AP Images)

May 4, 2013

May 4, 2013

Christopher Cox, grandson of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and his wife Andrea Catsimatidis, tour the Great Wall of China #OnThisDay 4 May 4, 2013. Cox led a delegation to China to commemorate the 100s anniversary of Nixon’s birth by retracing his historic 1972 visit to China.(AP Images)

May 5, 2006

May 5, 2006

A Chinese teenager tries to dunk a ball during an event promoting U.S. basketball in Nanjing, China #OnThisDay, May 5, 2006. Basketball has become increasingly popular among Chinese young people. (AP Images)

May 7, 1982

May 7, 1982

U.S. Vice-President George Bush, escorted by Chinese Vice-Premier Wan Li, gets cheers from streamer waving youngsters #OnThisDay, 7 May 1982 during an official welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the people.  Bush later met with Chinese leaders for talks on U.S. – China relations.(AP Images)

May 12, 2012

May 12, 2012

China’s Qiu Siyue in action against the United States in a women’s basketball game in Seattle #OnThisDay, 12 May 2012.  The teams were preparing for the London Olympics later that summer.(AP Images)

May 13, 1997

May 13, 1997

Former President George Bush, left, shows Jiang Zemin a photo of Bush parachuting recently, as the two met in Beijing, #OnThisDay, 13 May 1997.(AP Images)

May 13, 2008

May 13, 2008

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt checking his pulse at Chinese Traditional Medicine Museum #OnThisDay, 13 May 2008 in Shanghai. Secretary Levitt was in Shanghai discussing U.S. efforts to work with China to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and other products.(AP Images)

May 14, 1979

May 14, 1979

Secretary of Commerce Juanita Kreps signing documents at the Guangzhou trade fair in China #OnThisDay, 14 May 1979, joined by other U.S. Government officials and Chen Jie, China’s Vice Trade Minister.  Secretary Kreps was the first female U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and, in that role, she was heavily involved in early efforts to create opportunities for trade between the United States and China.(AP Images)

May 18, 2008

May 18, 2008

A U.S. government airplane arrives in Chengdu carrying supplies from the American people for victims of the 2018 Sichuan earthquake #OnThisDay, 18 May 2008.(AP Images)

May 19, 2004

May 19, 2004

U.S. basketball legend Michael Jordan visits the Great Wall #OnThisDay, 19 May 2004, while on a trip to Beijing.  Michael’s legendary jump shot may be one reason basketball is so popular in China and around the world.(AP Images)

May  21, 2006

May 21, 2006

U.S. Coast Guard officers stand guard at U.S. Coast Guard vessel Sequoia in Shanghai, with the Oriental Pearl Tower as background, during the opening ceremony of an international maritime navigation conference #OnThisDay, 21 May  2006.  Sequoia was making the first-ever visit to China by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel.(AP Images)

May 22, 2010

May 22, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tours the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in Shanghai #OnThisDay, 22 May 2010.  Secretary Clinton was a key supporter of the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.(AP Images)

May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong following their signing of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange agreement at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing #OnThisDay, 25 May 2010.(AP Images)

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China #OnThisDay, 28 May 2009.  Pelosi urged Beijing to cooperate with the United States on human rights. Before the meeting she met with Li Zhaoxing, former Chinese foreign minister.(AP Images)

May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor speaks on legal rights for women at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing #OnThisDay, 29 May 2007.(AP Images)