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Chronology of US-China relations

Chronology of US-China relations

Milestones in normalization of relations between the United States and China:
1971: After decades of isolation, China invites U.S. table tennis team for visit, prompting start of "pingpong diplomacy" that brings first significant thaw in U.S.-China relations.
1972: President Richard Nixon visits Beijing, establishing diplomatic channels for the countries to counter Soviet Union.
1973: China and U.S. open diplomatic liaison offices in each other's capital.
1979: Diplomatic ties formally established Jan. 1. Deng Xiaoping becomes first Chinese leader to visit U.S., setting tone for warmer relations.
1982: China pledges to seek reunification with U.S.-allied Taiwan by peaceful means but does not explicitly rule out use of force, while U.S. promises not to expand _ and gradually to reduce _ arms sales to Taiwan.
1987: First U.S. fast food company, KFC, opens in China.
1989: China crushes pro-democracy demonstrations, putting chill on relations with U.S.
1999: During NATO airstrikes in Serbia, bomb hits Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese and setting off anti-American protests across China.
2000: Congress grants China "most favored nation" trade status.
2001: Damaged U.S. spy plane lands on China's Hainan island after colliding with Chinese fighter jet. Crew of 24 detained 11 days until U.S. issues apology to Chinese government.
2001: China joins World Trade Organization.
2008: Sichuan earthquake kills 70,000 people, prompting huge outpouring of aid from U.S. and other nations. President George W. Bush attends opening of Beijing Olympic Games.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:05 GMT+08:00