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April 1, 1978
Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore spent 10 days on a tour of China, interacting with film industry members and students. They compared technology and comedy techniques, film styles, and gave improvised sketches.
December 15, 1978
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.
January 1, 1979
In 1979, as China re-opened its doors to the West, virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern received an unprecedented invitation to tour the country. The Center played a central role in facilitating this visit with the Chinese government and planning Stern’s itinerary. While in China, Stern performed concerts and taught master classes in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian.
January 29, 1979
On January 1, the United States and the PRC commenced normal diplomatic relations and soon thereafter Deng Xiaoping visited the United States to meet with U.S. officials and tour some of the companies with which China had begun to make deals.
January 31, 1979
U.S. President Carter and PRC Premier Deng Xiaoping signed the Agreement in Science and Technology (S&T Agreement) enabling scientific and technological exchange between the US and the PRC in the wake of reestablished diplomatic relations.
April 18, 1979
The first mainland Chinese ship to dock in an American port, the Liu Lin Nai, arrived in Seattle. The ship was welcomed by Seattle Port Commissioner Henry Kotkins, Washington's two Decmocratic U.S. senators, Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson, Transportation Secretary Brock Adams and Washington Gov. Dixie Lee Ray, together with a number of chinese foreign ministry officials. This docking came a month after the S.S. Letitia Lykes sailed into Shanghai as the first American ship in 30 years to enter a Chinese port.
May 27, 1979
A Chinese delegation led by Huang Ganying, vice-chairman of the Chinese National Women's Federation, toured Washington and New York. Members of the delegation met American women from a wide range of professions and circles both from rural and urban areas. Patricia Roberts Harris, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Mrs. Blumenthal, wife of W. Michael Blumenthal, Secretary of Treasury, had lunch with the Chinese delegation. In addition, the delegation was met by the current Chinese ambassador to the U.S. and the Chinese representative to the United Nations.
January 1, 1980
The Chinese production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” directed by the playwright, opened on May 7, 1983, at the Beijing People’s Art Theater, and played continuously to packed houses through the fall. The production, co-sponsored by the Center and the Chinese Theater Association, was hailed in the Chinese press as “the most significant cultural event in China since the Cultural Revolution.”
September 13, 1980
China and the United States traded trade shows this fall, with a display of American industry in Peking in November and a show of Chinese industry, culture, and arts traveling to three US cities from September to December. The reciprocal shows are the result of the Sino-Us Trade Exhibitions Agreement, signed last May by then-Secretary of Commerce Juanita Kreps and Li Qiang, China's minister of foreign trade.
January 1, 1982
The China Institute was established at CSUN in 1982, under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Its membership numbers more than two hundred faculty, staff and members of the community who are committed to enhancing US - China relations.