Category: U.S – China Relations

South China Morning Post: Headlines from Forty Years Ago

South China Morning Post posted the headlines from forty years ago, including President Jimmy Carter hosting Chinese Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping at the White House on January 30, 1979. Carter and Deng expressed that this visit marked a turning point in U.S.-China relations, leading towards a more peaceful world. The full article can be found...

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Courageous Leadership and a Peaceful Future

Speech at the Carter Center and Emory University Symposium on “The United States & China at 40: Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral Relations” January 16-19, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia Forty years ago, I was a small potato in the Legal Advisors Office of the U.S. State Department, and helped in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. It was far and away the most useful thing I ever did in my professional life. So I had been expecting to be celebrating this great achievement, and the bravery and wisdom of President Carter and my...

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Sino-American Interactions, Past and Future

Paper submitted to the Carter Center and Emory University’s Symposium on “The United States & China at 40: Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral Relations” January 16-19, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia December 15, 2018 will mark the fortieth anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s and Deng Xiaoping’s politically courageous agreement to “normalize” the relationship between Washington and Beijing. This resulted in the replacement of China’s demand for revolutionary overthrow of the world order with pragmatic accommodation of it. Two days later, at the 3rd Plenum of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Deng launched China on a...

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State Department Letter to the Carter Center

Below is a congratulatory letter from the United States Department of State, to the Carter Center on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary Forum on U.S. – China Relations. The author, Laura Stone, is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. State Department Letter to the Carter...

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40 Years of U.S. – China Relations – Former Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton

Speech By Susan Thornton, former Assistant Secretary of State, at the Carter Center and Emory University Symposium on “The United States & China at 40: Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral Relations” January 16-19, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia Many of our discussions here have focused on the importance of the last 40 years of US-China relations. With the benefit of even further hindsight, I believe this period will stand out to historians as one of extraordinary importance and strategic creativity and risk taking. And here I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the wisdom, foresight and initiative of...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…