United States President Carter's surprise announcement of a renewal of full diplomatic relations with China was seen as an important step in healing the 29-year split between the two powers.
United States President Carter's surprise announcement of a renewal of full diplomatic relations with China was seen as an important step in healing the 29-year split between the two powers. Relations between them began to warm under President Nixon. In 1971, the year of 'ping-pong diplomacy', a United States table tennis team entered China accompanied by journalists. The process started then, climaxed with President Carter's announcement on Friday (15 December).
SYNOPSIS: The people of China reacted enthusiastically to the news, and queued for newspapers to learn more. Newspapers in Peking were printed in bright red print making it a red letter day. Loudspeakers blared the news here in Tien an Men square as elsewhere in China. One million extra copies of the People's Daily were avidly read. There were no reports from the People's Republic of China of negative reactions to the announcement.
In Peking's great hall of the People, Communist Party Chairman and Premier Hua Kuo-feng read the joint China-United States communique at a 30-minute news conference. It was the first meeting for many years between a Chinese leader and local and foreign journalists. He said both sides put up differing views during the negotiations leading up to the announcement. It was widely believed that the communique was completed only days before it was read out simultaneously in Peking and Washington.
An area of difference between the two countries involves the sale of arms by the United States to Taiwan. Nevertheless, Premier Hua said, they reached complete agreement on their communique.