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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.

Cyrus Vance, Memorandum on the Deng Xiaoping Visit, Jan. 26, 1979

January 26, 1976

Secretary of State Cyrus Vance sent this message to outline U.S. and Chinese priorities for the visit by China’s top leader, shortly after the U.S. and China established formal diplomatic relations.


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.

Henry Kissinger and Mao Zedong "Memorandum of Conversation," October 21, 1975, 6:25-8:05pm

October 21, 1975

Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, spoke with Chinese leaders at Chairman Mao's residence in Beijing.

Analysis of Secretary Kissinger's Meeting with Chairman Mao, October 21, 1975

October 21, 1975

A memorandum prepared by Winston Lord that analyzes Secretary Kissinger's meeting with Chairman Mao.



August 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

During this digital report launch, PEN America and our panelists will discuss the pressures filmmakers confront and the choices they make in order to have their films be shown in China. 

August 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with Han Li to examine how Chinese are rediscovering the rural China and idealizing rural life in the social media age. She'll also look at the social and political forces driving this trend.