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Normalization of US-China Relations, 1 January 1979
USChinaNormalization Chinese version

30 years ago, on 1 January 1979, the US shifted its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The Joint Communiqué signed by President Carter stated that "The Government of the United States of America acknowledges the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China." But the US Congress concurrently passed the Taiwan Relations Act, both establishing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), an embassy surrogate, and pledging to continue to defend and supply arms to Taiwan. The tension between these two documents persists in US-China relations today.

This website aims to provide primary documents and a forum for public discussion of the normalization of US-China relations in 1979, its legacy over the past 30 years, and its lessons for the future of US-China relations.

Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People's Republic of China, 1 January 1979
Taiwan Relations Act, 1 January 1979

Deng Xiaoping’s visit to the US, January 1979
US-China military cooperation on Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the Soviet Union