210. Editorial Note

U.S. and Chinese officials signed several agreements at a ceremony at the White House on the afternoon of January 31, 1979. President

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Jimmy Carter and Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology and a cultural agreement, and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Foreign Minister Huang Hua signed an agreement on the establishment of consular relations and the opening of Consulates General. The United States subsequently opened Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton), and China opened Consulates in Houston and San Francisco. The President’s Science Adviser Frank Press signed a letter to Vice Premier Fang Yi implementing understandings on the exchange of students and scholars, agricultural exchange, and cooperation in space technology. Secretary of Energy James Schlesinger and Fang Yi signed an implementing accord between the Department of Energy and the Chinese State Scientific and Technological Commission on cooperation in the field of high-energy physics. For the text of all these agreements and remarks by Deng and Carter at the ceremony, see Public Papers: Carter, 1979, pp. 200–212.

A joint press communiqué was issued on February 1. The final paragraph of the communiqué noted that President Carter had accepted Vice Premier Deng’s invitation to Carter to visit China and Deng had accepted an invitation on behalf of Premier Hua Guofeng to visit the United States. The communiqué is Public Papers: Carter, 1979, pp. 212–213.

Deng left Washington on February 1 and traveled to Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, and Los Angeles, returning to Seattle on February 4. He left the United States on February 5.