On This Day – August

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.

August 1, 2007

August 1, 2007

#OnThisDay in 2007, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson spoke with Chinese President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Paulson, on a four-day visit to China, said he was assured that China was committed to more financial reforms. (AP Images)

August 2, 2007

August 2, 2007

#OnThisDay in 2007 U.S. athletes posed for a group photo at a press conference in Beijing, China. Four of the American athletes that toured Beijing have Chinese connections. Top from left to right, fencer Iris Zimmermann, archer Lindsay Pian, table tennis player Gao Jun. Bottom from left to right, badminton player Howard Bach, paralympic swimmer Erin Popovich and BMX cycler Donny Robinson. China-born Gao Jun won an Olympic silver medal in table tennis for China in ’92, before moving to the United States. Three others have China-born parents or grandparents: Howard Bach (badminton), Lindsay Pian (archery) and Iris Zimmermann (fencing).(AP Images)

August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016

#OnThisDay in 2016 U.S. officials from the department of Justice and Commerce took part in the first U.S.-China judicial dialogue to discuss court reform and other issues. William Baer, U.S. Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, spoke at the event, held at the Rui’an hotel in Beijing, China.(AP Images)

August 3, 2007

August 3, 2007

U.S. athletes talked to Chinese Wushu athletes at the Shichahai Sports School in Beijing, China, #OnThisDay in 2007. The U.S. athletes, some of whom have ties to China, were on a goodwill tour of the Chinese capital where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games would be held the following year.(AP Images)

August 4, 2008

August 4, 2008

#OnThisDay in 2008 the U.S. men’s basketball team visited the Children’s Medical Center in Shanghai. The team participated in the International Challenge tournament as warm-up four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics. Here NBA player Deron Williams meets a young patient.(AP Images)

August 6, 2006

August 6, 2006

#OnThisDay in 2006 U.S. NBA star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat operated a wheelchair and celebrated with a Chinese National Paralympic basketball player during the filming of a TV program in Guangzhou.(AP Images)

August 8, 2008

August 8, 2008

#OnThisDay in 2008, U.S. President George Bush waved an American flag as the U.S. Olympic team marched past during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.(AP Images)

August 9, 2006

August 9, 2006

#OnThisDay in 2006, US and Chinese delegations held the second U.S.-China Global Issues Forum. They discussed cooperation on clean energy, public health, humanitarian assistance, international aid, and development programs. In this photo, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai lead the conversation in Beijing.(AP Images)

August 10, 2001

August 10, 2001

#OnThisDay in 2001 U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden took a break after meetings in Beijing to look at life in the countryside, where, at the time, 70 percent of China’s population lived. He shook hands with seven-year-old Gao Shan, the boy he proclaimed as the future president of China, during a visit to Yanzikou village, north of Beijing.(AP Images)

August 12, 2006

August 12, 2006

#OnThisDay in 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Alaska Senator Ted Stevens in the Great Hall of the People to discuss bilateral relations, trade, and energy issues. U.S. Senators were visiting China on an inter-parliamentary exchange where they met with representatives of the Nationals People congress to foster friendly relations and discuss pertinent issues.(AP Images)

August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008

#OnThisDay, U.S. swimming champion Michael Phelps holds each of his eight gold medals from the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing: (top, left to right) the 400m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, (bottom, left to right) 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and the 4×100-meter medley relay.(AP Images)

August 14, 2011

August 14, 2011

#OnThisDay in 2011 U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke spoke to reporters in front of his Beijing residence, saying Beijing and Washington should work together more to tackle global problems. He said he would try to promote greater understanding between the two nations.(AP Images)

August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017

#OnThisDay in 2017, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui signed an agreement at the Bayi Building in Beijing, China to strengthen communication between the two militaries amid global tensions concerning North Korea.(AP Images)

August 16, 2007

August 16, 2007

#OnThisDay in 2007, U.S. personnel of the California-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell visited Shanghai to conduct law enforcement exchanges with Chinese counterparts in the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum. Boutwell received Chinese students onboard at Gaoyang Lu Wharf in Shanghai, China.(AP Images)

August 17, 2003

August 17, 2003

#OnThisDay in 2003, former U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky took part in the 13th Qingdao International Beer Festival, at Beer City in Qingdao, China. She was leading negotiations on China’s bid to join the World Trade Organization.(AP Images)

August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

#OnThisDay in 2011, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Chairman Wan Jifei, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke met with business leaders at a China-U.S. Business Dialogue in the Beijing Hotel in Beijing.(AP Images)

August 21, 2011

August 21, 2011

#OnThisDay in 2011, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talked to students as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping looked on during their visit to the Qingchengshan High School in Dujiangyan on the outskirts of Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.(AP Images)

August 21, 2011

August 21, 2011

#OnThisDay in 2011, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took questions from an audience at Sichuan University in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Biden said China and America need to recognize their mutual global concerns and responsibilities and ensure greater fairness in trade and investment conditions.(AP Images)

August 23, 2008

August 23, 2008

#OnThisDay in 2008 U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Zhongnanhai leaders’ compound in Beijing at the closing of the Olympic games. Wen Jiabao congratulated the U.S. athletes’ performance at the games, noting that the U.S. received more medals than any other country. (AP Images)

August 25, 1995

August 25, 1995

#OnThisDay in 1995, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that she would attend a U.N.-sponsored women’s conference in China in September. Her decision came after China freed Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu. She made this announcement during a trip to the Grand Canyon area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming with her husband, President Bill Clinton. (AP Images)