January 5, 1978
A high-ranking delegation of petroleum experts from the People's Republic of China visited the United States, sponsored by the Department of Energy, the first such tour ever officially sponsored by a U.S. government agency. The group of 16 oil and gas experts spent three weeks meeting with top U.S. energy officials and touring production, exploration and development facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and California.
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.
June 7, 1978
This American delegation traveled to China to better understand the less documented areas of Chinese medicine in rural communities. This includes the management systems, organization, technical expertise and laws pertaining to health.
September 8, 1978
The American delegation traveled to China to learn more about the status of engineering education in China. This follows the Cultural Revolution and thus the rebirth of education systems and curriculum in China.
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 21, 1979
The American delegation traveled to China with the hopes of better understanding the advancement of nuclear physics following the Cultural Revolution. The delegation gave various lectures and were able to discuss their pertinent fields with counterparts.