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Moments in China-U.S. Relations

 

On February 21, 1972, U.S. President Richard

Nixon arrived in China and was greeted by Chinese

Premier Zhou Enlai. The gate to friendly

exchanges between China and the United States

was reopened.

Chairman Mao Zedong met U.S. President
Richard Nixon at Zhongnanhai, Beijing.

Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nixon
on the flight to Hangzhou on February 26,
1972.

The Sino-U.S. Joint Communiqué (also
known as the Shanghai Communiqué) was
released in Shanghai on February 28, 1972
during President Nixon's visit in China.

China and the United States opened liaison offices
in each other's capitals in May 1973. The Chinese
Liaison Offi ce was first housed in the Mayflower
Hotel in Washington, DC.

The Joint Communiqué of the People's Republic
of China and the United States of America Concerning
the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations
was released on December 16, 1978. China and
the United States officially established diplomatic
relations at the ambassadorial level on January 1,
1979.

At the invitation of President Jimmy Carter,
Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping paid an official
goodwill visit to the United States from January
28 to February 4, 1979.

Deng Xiaoping at an equestrian performance
in Houston on February 2, 1979.

The Chinese Embassy was inaugurated in March
1979. The chancery building at 2300 Connecticut
Avenue, Washington, DC used to be the Windsor
Hotel.

The August 17 Communiqué was jointly issued by

 the governments of China and the United States on August 17, 1982.

The three Joint Communiqués, i.e., the Shanghai Communiqué, the Joint Communiqué


Concerning the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and

 the August 17 Communiqué, provide the guidelines

for developing China-U.S. relations.

Deng Xiaoping met President Reagan at the
Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April
28, 1984.

President George H.W. Bush on a working
visit to China in February 1989.

President Jiang Zemin paid a state visit to the
United States at the invitation of President
Bill Clinton from October 26 to November
3, 1997.

President Jiang Zemin and President George W. Bush

 at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Shanghai in October 2001.

President Hu Jintao paid a state visit to the United
States at the invitation of President George W.
Bush from April 18 to 21, 2006.

 


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