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Jimmy Carter, “Establishing Diplomatic Relations with China,” Dec. 15, 1978

December 15, 1978

President Jimmy Carter reads a joint Communiqué on the establishment of U.S.-Sino relations.

Zbigniew Brzezinski memo to Pres. Jimmy Carter, October 13, 1978

October 13, 1978

National Security Advisor Brzezinski asked Carter for decisions on questions relating to the effort to normalize U.S.-China relations and presented him with a draft of a statement they hoped to present to Chinese officials. The document was originally classified as top secret, but is now included in the State Department's History of the Foreign Relations of the United States. Carter accepted Brzezinski's recommendations.

NSC internal memo, Michel Oksenberg to Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 25, 1978

May 25, 1978

Michel Oksenberg was a China specialist on leave from the University of Michigan serving on the National Security Council staff. He wrote to his boss, National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski on his impressions of the trip Brzezinski had just made to Beijing. Oksensberg accompanied Brzezinski on the trip. Among the key points in his memo is the statement that Chinese leaders "tacitly" accepted that the United States would continue to sell arms to Taiwan.

Zbigniew Brzezinski meeting with Hua Guofeng, May 22, 1978

May 22, 1978

This is a transcript of the meeting between U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Hua Guofeng, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and head of state. Brzezinski met the day before with Deng Xiaoping.

Zbigniew Brzezinski meeting with Deng Xiaoping, May 21, 1978

May 21, 1978

U.S. National Security Advisor Zbignew Brzezinski visited Beijing in May 1978. This is a transcript of his meeting with Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-p'ing). This transcript was top secret until declassified.

Samuel Huntington to National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 11, 1978

May 11, 1978

NSC staffer and scholar Samuel Huntington met with MIT professor Lucien Pye and Harvard professors Dwight Perkins and Roy Hofheinz to discuss Brzezinski's upcoming trip to China. The memo was labelled "confidential"/"outside the system."

Peter Tarnoff Memo to Zbigniew Brzezinski on Arms Sales to Taiwan, February 8, 1978

February 8, 1978

This memo was published in the History of the Foreign Relations of the United States. Tarnoff was Executive Secretary of the US Department of State to the National Security Advisor.

Ford in China Itinerary, Dec. 1-5, 1975

December 5, 1975

Daily logs of activities of President Gerald Ford’s trip to China. Provided by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

Mao Tse-tung (Mao Ze-dong) and the Sino-Soviet Dispute

December 1, 1975

A memorandum that summarizes the history of tension between China and the Soviet Union. A part of President Ford's briefing book for meeting with Chairman Mao in December of 1975.

Talking Paper for President Ford's Meeting with Chairman Mao Ze-dong

December 1, 1975

A memorandum that provided President Ford with background material for his meeting with Chairman Mao in December of 1975. A part of the President's briefing book for the occasion.



October 15, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk with author David Lampton. His new book examines China’s effort to create an intercountry railway system connecting China and its seven Southeast Asian neighbors.