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On Oct. 1, 1970, Chairman Mao Zedong invites American writer Edgar Snow to the National Day celebration on the Tian'anmen rostrum, sending a signal to the United States that China is willing to improve relations with the United States. On Dec. 18, Mao Zedong asked Snow to pass the message to Washington that President Richard Nixon would be welcome to Beijing for talks. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


In April 1971, the U.S. national team of table tennis at the 31st World Table Tennis Championships in Japan expressed to the Chinese national team that it hoped to visit China. On April 6,the Chinese Table Tennis Association issued an invitation to the U.S. table tennis team. On April 14, Premier Zhou Enlai met with all the members of the U.S. table tennis delegation. Zhou said: "By visiting our country you have opened the gate for the exchanges between the people of the two nations. We believe that a friendly exchange will win approval and support from both the Chinese and American peoples." (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On Feb. 21,1972, Chairman Mao Zedong meets U.S. President Richard Nixon at the Zhongnanhai, Beijing. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)

On Feb. 22, 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai and President Richard Nixon hold talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the normalization of the Sino-U.S. relations and other issues of common concern. Zhou said that the Taiwan issue is the largest obstacle that blocks the normalization of the bilateral relations. Nixon said that the United States recognizes only one China in the world and that Taiwan is a part of China. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On the evening of Feb. 17, 1973, Chairman Mao Zedong meets with Dr. Henry Kissinger, national security adviser to the president of the United States. During Kissinger's visit to China, both sides decided to set up a liaison office in each other's capital to establish a direct link between the two countries. In May, the liaison offices began to function. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On Dec. 2, 1975, Chairman Mao Zedong meets with U.S. President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty Ford and daughter Suzanne Ford. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


Betty, wife of U.S. President Gerald Ford, learns Chinese dance during their visit in December 1975. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


From Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 1979, Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping paid a friendly visit to the United States at the invitation of U.S. President Jimmy Carter. This was the first U.S. visit paid by a Chinese leader after the founding of the People's Republic of China.(File Photo)
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On Jan. 29, 1979, Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping and President Jimmy Carter have a chat before their talks. During his visit, Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping and President Carter exchanged views on the Sino-U.S. relations, especially the Taiwan issue and international situation. The Chinese and American sides signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement, a cultural agreement and an agreement on establishing consular relations and opening consulate generals in each other country. Each side also agreed soon to sign air and shipping agreements, and send students and resident journalists to the other. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On April 28, 1984, Deng Xiaoping, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, meets U.S.President Ronald Reagan in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On April 29, 1984, President Ronald Reagan and his wife visit the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an with great interest. They went down to the 10- metre -deep pit, watched the historic relics closely while tentatively listening to the introduction. Greatly amazed by the achievements of China's ancient civilization,Reagan asked the host," May I touch the horse?" And he jokingly added,"He will not kick me." (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


U.S. President George Bush arrives in Beijing by a special plane on Feb. 25, 1989 for a working visit to China. The picture showsBush waving his greetings to the crowd at the Tian'anmen Square. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


While attending the Informal APEC Leadership Meeting in Manila, the Philippines, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and U.S. President Bill Clinton hold a meeting on Nov. 24, 1996. Both sides agreed that the heads of state of China and the United States would conduct mutual state visits between 1997 and 1998. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On June 27, 1998, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and U.S. President Bill Clinton meet the press after their formal talks, in which they expressed their view of seeking commonness while shelving the differences in bilateral development and cooperation. (File Photo)
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U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife and daughter tour the Great Wall on June 28,1998. Clinton said repeatedly in admiration: "Wonderful, magnificent! The Great Wall runs up and down steeply. It is much more magnificent than I can imagine!" (File Photo)


On Nov. 15, 1999, China and the United States signed a bilateral agreement on China's accession into World Trade Organization. (Xinhua Photo)


Chinese President Jiang Zemin greets U.S. President George W. Bush at the Shanghai Scientific and Technological Hall on Oct. 21, 2001. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)


On Feb. 22, 2002, Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with U.S. President George W. Bush at Qinghua University.(Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) waves during a ceremony held by his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush to welcome his state visit on the White House South Lawn in Washington April 20, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and U.S. President George W. Bush shake hands during their meeting at the White House for talks on issues ranging from Sino-U.S. relations to major international and regional issues in Washington April 20, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)


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