US and China

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    China and US Relationship

  • Treaty of Wanghia

    Treaty of Wanghia
    First diplomatic treaty between the U.S. and China, allowing Americans numerous immunities and privileges in China.
  • War with Japan

    War with Japan
    1937 is the year those conflicts turned into a war which would later become a part of World War II.
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    US President sends US forces to South Korea and orders Seventh Fleet to protect Taiwan. China enters Korean War.
  • Us Bombing of North Vietnam

    Us Bombing of North Vietnam
    US bombing of North Vietnam prompts China to step up aid to Hanoi.
  • Signing of the Shanghai Joint Communique

    Signing of the Shanghai Joint Communique
    US President Richard Nixon meets Mao Zedong in Peking. Nixon signs the Shanghai Joint Communiqué declaring that there is "one China" and that Taiwan is a part of China.
  • Tiananmen Square Massacre

    Tiananmen Square Massacre
    In February, President George H.W. Bush dines with intellectuals identified with China’s dissident movement. That same year, thousands of students hold protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Demand democratic reforms and to end corruption. In June, the government sends in troops to clear the square, leaving hundreds of protesters dead. In response, the U.S. government suspends military sales to Beijing.
  • China's Liberation Army

    China's Liberation Army
    China's People's Liberation Army crushes student-led pro-democracy protests around Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The United States and other countries impose sanctions on Beijing.
  • 150 F-16

    150 F-16
    US President Bush approves the sale of 150 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, overturning a decade of US policy.
  • Wei Jingsheng Release

    Wei Jingsheng Release
    China releases Wei Jingsheng, a political prisoner since 1979. After Beijing loses its bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games, the Chinese government imprisons Wei again. President Bill Clinton meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin at a summit and launches a policy of “constructive engagement” with China.
  • U.S.-Sino Spy Plane Standoff

    U.S.-Sino Spy Plane Standoff
    A U.S. reconnaissance plane collides with a Chinese fighter and makes an emergency landing on Chinese land. Authorities on China’s Hainan Island detain the twenty-four-member U.S. crew. After twelve days and a standoff, authorities release the crew and President Bush says he has regret over the death of a Chinese pilot and the landing of the U.S. plane.