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Jan. 1
US and PRC mark resumption of diplomatic ties with ceremonies in Washington and Beijing.
Jan. 3

Carter's Dec. memorandum to US agencies sets terms for continued US-Taiwan relations on :unofficial; basis.

David Dean assumed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan.
Feb. 26
Senate, 82-9, confirms US Liaison Office head Leonard Woodcock as Ambassador to PRC.
Mar. 1
US and PRC formally establish diplomatic ties as US Embassy in ROC officially closes.
Apr. 10 President Carter Signed "Taiwan Relations Act."
April 20

Former US Ambassador Charles Cross named Director of American Institute in Taiwan.
Jan. 3

State Department announces US will sell $280 million in defensive arms to Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, but no advanced fighter jets for now.
Jan. 24

Pentagon announces US will sell PRC nonlethal military equipment. US-China Commission on Scientific and Technical Cooperation holds first meeting in Beijing.
Aug. 20

Republican Vice-Presidential candidate George Bush in Beijing is told by Huang that candidate Ronald Reagan・s stand on Taiwan could harm US-PRC relations as well as endanger world peace. On 8/25 Reagan issues :definitive; statement accepting current unofficial US-ROC relationship.
Sept. 6

Under Secretary of Defense for Research William J. Perry arrives in Beijing; says on 9/10 US will sell 11 advanced computers with possible military application to PRC.
Oct. 15

PRC formally protests accord on diplomatic immunity signed 10/2 by American Institute on Taiwan and its US counterpart, as betrayal of normalization principles.
Jan. 7
People's Republic of China (PRC) -US scheduled air service resumes after 32 years.
Feb. 12
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves export of 3 reactors to ROC.
June 13

Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. in Hong Kong says closer US-PRC ties a "strategic imperative" in face of growing Soviet threat. In Beijing 6/14-6/16 Haig announces US decision in principle to sell arms to PRC.
Sept. 5 US-PRC cultural exchange pact signed in Beijing.
Sept. 24
Arthur W. Hummel, Jr.  as Ambassador to PRC.
Nov. 16
James R. Lilley appointed AIT Director.
Jan. 11

US approves sale of additional F-5E fighter aircraft to Republic of China (ROC), but rules out sale of more sophisticated warplanes; People's Republic of China (PRC) protests decision 1/12.
Jan. 31
PRC declares willingness to discuss time schedule for ending US military sales to Taiwan.
Mar. 13

PRC warns Reagan Administration that Sino-American relations will suffer "grave consequences" if US insists on making "long-term" arms sales to ROC.
Apr. 13

US announces sale of $60 million in military spare parts to ROC; PRC protests 4/14, and warns 4/16 that US-PRC relations are at "critical juncture."
May 5-9

Vice President George Bush visits PRC; meets with Chinese leadership, but fails to break impasse over US arms sales to ROC.
July 16

Reagan Administration says it has notified PRC that US will proceed with co-production of F-5E fighter aircraft with ROC; PRC reportedly protests decision.
Aug. 16

After 10 months of secret negotiations, US and PRC sign joint communique governing both nations' relations with ROC; PRC pledges to seek reunification with Taiwan only by peaceful means, US promises not to exceed--and gradually to reduce--current levels of arms sales to ROC. ROC expresses "profound regret" over US-PRC agreement 8/17.
Sept. 6-11

Former President Richard M. Nixon visits PRC to commemorate 10th anniversary of Shanghai Communique; urges US and PRC to "seize the hour" and expand mutual relations.
Feb. 18

China applies to replace Taiwan at Asian Development Bank; US and Japan reportedly endorse Chinese membership.
Feb. 25

China charges US with violating spirit of 1982 US-Chinese agreement on reduction of US arms sales to Taiwan; US on 2/26 denies accusation, stresses commitment to strong US-Chinese relations.
Apr. 4

US grants asylum to Chinese tennis star Hu Na; in response, China orders cancellation 4/7 of scheduled 1983 sports, cultural exchanges with US.
July 15

US announces plans to sell $530 million in new arms to Taiwan; China denounces move 7/22, charging US with violating 8/82 communique on arms sales.
Sept. 25-29

Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger visits China, exploring opportunities for increased US-Chinese military cooperation.
Jan. 12

US and China, during visit to US by Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang, sign agreements extending current scientific exchanges and initiating new cooperation in industry, trade.
Apr. 26-May 1
Reagan, in first trip to Communist country, visits China; meets with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping 4/28.
June 14

U.S. at end of visit by Chinese Defense Minister Zhang Aiping, announces agreement "in principle" on sale to China of US antiaircraft, antitank weapons.
June 15

White House spokesman, citing Chinese support for Pakistani nuclear programs, warns that 4/30 US-Chinese nuclear cooperation accord will not be sent to Congress without new guarantees that China will not aid emergence of new nuclear-weapon states.
July 23

President Ronald Reagan meets at White House with Chinese President Li Xiannian, announces signing of pact allowing sale of American nuclear reactors and nonmilitary technology to China.
Oct. 13-18

Vice President George Bush visits China, announces US agreement to speed export of some high-technology products to China; Taiwan issue is raised by Chinese leaders as obstacle to Sino-US relations.
Nov. 19
Winston Lord as Ambassador to PRC.
Feb. 20

Board of governors of Asian Development Bank accepts PRC as bank's 47th member; PRC formally admitted 3/11; Taiwan, a founding member of bank, protests change in its official designation from "Republic of China" to "Taipei, China."
Apr. 8

Reagan Administration informs US Congress of intent to sell PRC $550 million in aviation electronics, in largest military sale to Beijing since 1972.
July 17

John F. Burns, New York Times Beijing bureau chief, is taken into custody by Chinese security officials, charged with espionage stemming from motorcycle trip through areas restricted to foreigners; expelled 7/23.
Nov. 5-11

Three US Navy warships make a port visit at Qingdao, China, first American military vessels to visit China since 1949.
Dec. 4

David N. Laux to become Chairman of American Institute in Taiwan.
Jan. 8
David Dean assumed his duties as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei Office.
Feb. 28

US Secretary of State George Shultz arrives in Hong Kong; 3/1 begins a 5-day trip to Chinese cities. Deputy Prime Minister Li Peng 3/2 informs Shultz China has no intention of retreating from its opening to the West or its partial adoption of free-market measures. Shultz meets with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping 3/3.
July 14

Taiwan's Martial law is lifted 7/14, allowing formation of new political parties, ending military censorship and trial of citizens by military court.
Oct. 22

US announces it will not sell certain high-technology products to China in retaliation for China's sale of Silkworm missiles to Iran.
Jan. 13

Chiang Ching-kuo, Taiwan's president since 1978, dies of heart attack. Chiang is succeeded immediately by Lee Teng-hui, who had been vice president. Zhao Ziyang, Chinese Communist Party general secretary, sends condolences 1/14, praises Chiang's efforts to reunify China.
May 8 James Roderick Lilley as Ambassador to PRC.
June 2

100,000 demonstrate in Tienanmen Square. Demonstrators violently confront soldiers and police 6/3. Chinese troops begin all-out assault on Tienanmen Square shortly after midnight 6/4. Troops are reported to slay hundreds of demonstrators; soldiers are also reported to have been beaten and killed by protesters. Demonstrators are ordered to leave square at about 4:00 am; they vote to comply. Government announces "rebellion has been suppressed." Protests erupt 6/4 in Taipei, Hong Kong and Macao. Chinese troops sporadically fire on civilians in Beijing 6/5-8.
June 5
President Bush announces sanctions against Chinese government, including suspension of military sales.
Oct. 28
Former President Richard Nixon travels to China for private talks with Chinese leaders.
Nov. 30

President Bush vetoes bill passed by Congress to permit all Chinese citizens in US on student visas to remain until 6/90.
Dec. 9

US mission headed by National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger arrives in Beijing for meeting with Chinese leadership. 
June 16

U.S. Under-Secretary of State Reginald Bartholomew visited Beijing to seek curb on arms sales to Third World countries, a growing irritant in U.S.-P.R.C. relations.
Aug. 20 J. Stapleton Roy as Ambassador to PRC.
Nov. 15-17

U.S. Secretary of James Baker visited Beijing to discuss issues on trade, human rights, and arms sales in the bilateral relationship.
June 2
US extends Most-Favored-Nation status to China.
Apr. 29 B. Lynn Pascoe appointed as Director of AIT/Taipei

China conducted an underground nuclear test at the Lop Nur test site in northwest China.
April 11

President Clinton's letter to congressional leaders on rhinoceros and tiger trade by China and Taiwan.  Trade sanctions against Taiwan. (under the Pelly Amendment)
Sept. 27

Taiwan policy review--Winston Lord, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Dec. 14

James C. Wood, Jr., appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of the America Institute in Taiwan.
Jan. 30
Darryl N. Johnson appointed as Director of AIT/Taipei.
Feb. 14
Jim Sasser as Ambassador to PRC.
Sept. 3

AIT announces appointment of Richard Bush as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan.
Oct. 29

Clinton-Jiang Summit and Joint U.S.-China Statement.(in Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 20
US-Taiwan market access agreement signed in Washington, D.C.
June 27 Clinton-Jiang Summit in Beijing.
June 30

President Clinton's statement on the "Three Noes" in Shanghai, China.
Feb. 26
Defense Dept. Report on Security in the Taiwan Strait
Apr. 7
President Clinton's speech on U.S. policy toward China.
Apr. 8
Premier Zhu Rongji first official visit to the United States.
May 8
NATO forces mistakenly bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
July 21
Clinton cautions Taiwan, China to resolve differences peacefully
Aug. 31
Mr. Raymond F. Burghardt became Director of AIT.
Nov. 6
U.S. and PRC announced agreement on terms for China's WTO Accession.
Dec. 15 Joseph W. Prueher as Ambassador to PRC.
Dec. 16

U.S. and PRC negotiators reached agreement on compensation for damages in the accidental NATO bombing of the PRC Embassy in Belgrade.
Jan. 29

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) announced it was reopening its grant assistance program in China, suspended since 1989.
Feb. 1
The full House passed H.R. 1838 the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
May 24
President Clinton remarks on passage of China - PNTR.
Oct. 10
President Clinton signed the Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China.
Dec. 19
Pentagon Report on Implementation of Taiwan Relations Act.
Apr. 1

A PRC F8 fighter collided with a U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea. The EP-3 made an emergency landing on Hainan Island.
Apr. 12
China released 24 American EP-3 crew members held since April 1, 2001.
Apr. 24

President Bush authorized the sale of defense articles and services to Taiwan, including Diesel-Powered Submarines, Anti-submarine Air Craft, and Destroyers.
Apr. 25
Senator John Kerry says U.S. not obligated to defend Taiwan from attacks.
June 4
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told journalists that the United States was resuming military contacts with the PRC, suspended since the EP-3 incident.
June 12
Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly testimony before House Subcommittee on U.S.-China relationship.
Jul. 13
Beijing was awarded the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games.
Jul. 28 Clark T. Randt, Jr. as Ambassador to PRC.
Sep. 6
Resolution calls for peaceful settlement of Taiwan issue.
Nov. 1
Sale of Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles to Taiwan.
Dec. 11
The PRC formally joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Jan. 1
China received Permanent Normal Trade Relations from the United States.
Jan. 2
Commerce Secretary congratulates Taiwan on WTO membership.
Feb. 21-22

President Bush visited China, Japan and South Korea. Remarks by President Bush and President Jiang Zemin in press availability.
April 10
Lawmaker hails 23rd anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.
June 5
Lawmakers stress need for peaceful resolution of Taiwan issue.
July 1

Douglas H. Paal Arrived in Taipei to Assume His duties as Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan.
July 12

2002 Annual Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China.  Issued by the Department of Defense.
July 15

U.S.-China Security Review Commission 2002 Annual Report - Report Offers Recommendations on U.S.-China Relations.
Oct. 25
President Bush, Chinese President Jiang Zemin Discuss Iraq, N. Korea. (Bush Ranch Crawford, TX.)
Dec. 31
Therese Shaheen as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of AIT.
Jul. 28 Annual Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China, U.S. Dept. of Defense
Apr. 21

Kelly Says Taiwan Relations Act Key to West Pacific Stability: State Department official's April 21 Congressional testimony

Nov. 10

U.S. Reiterates Firm Commitment to One-China Policy: Welcomes "constructive points" in Chen Shui-bian's speech

Jan. 25 U.S.-China Trade: Summary of 2003 WTO Transitional Review Mechanism for China - GAO Report
Apr. 14

United States Welcomes Continued EU Arms Embargo Against China: European Union wants to see positive steps from China on Taiwan, human rights

Sep. 15

"Noteworthy Developments" Seen in China-Taiwan Relationship: But more dialogue is needed, State Department's Keith says

Nov. 20 President Meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
(President's Trip to Asia)
Jan. 11 AIT Director Douglas H. Paal Announces Departure (January 25, 2006)
Jan. 30 No Changes in U.S. Policy Toward China, Taiwan, State Dept. Says: Spokesman says United States opposes unilateral efforts to change status quo
Feb. 11 Stephen M. Young Appointed as Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan
Feb. 25 AIT  Announced Appointment of Raymond F. Burghardt as Chairman of the Board of the American Institute in Taiwan
Mar. 3 Statement by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman, U.S. Department of State on Senior Taiwan Officials' Comments on National Unification Council
Mar. 18 Stephen M. Young Assumes Duties as Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan
Jun. 8

U.S. Pleased by Taiwan President's Pledges on Cross-Strait Issues: Chen's promise not to push for change aids stability, State Department says

Sep. 13

United States Aims To Preserve Peace, Stability in Taiwan Strait: State's coordinator for Taiwan policy urges dialogue between China, Taiwan

Nov. 17

Panel Urges Congressional Action on U.S.-China Security Issues: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission releases 2006 report

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