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National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski visits China

In order to complete the process of normalization, President Carter dispatched National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski to China to meet with Deng and other leaders.
After months of negotiations, in December the two governments finally issued a joint communiqué that established full diplomatic relations. By this agreement, the United States recognized the PRC as the sole government of China and affirmed that Taiwan is a part of China. At the same time, the United States ended official relations and its defense treaty with the Nationalist regime on Taiwan. Formal embassies were established in Beijing and Washington the following year.
Contact Info: 
U.S. Department of State
Type of Exchange: 
United States and Chinese Governments
Participants (Types): 
national security adviser, head of state
Exchange Date: 
Friday, December 15, 1978
Level of Government: 
Beijing, China
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