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The Carters with Deng Xiaoping and Madame Zhuo Lin of China

January 29, 1979
Source: National Archives

On January 29, 1979, President and Mrs. Carter held a state dinner for Deng Xiaoping, de facto leader of the Communist Party in China, and Madame Zhuo Lin, his wife. On January 1, 1979, Carter officially granted China diplomatic recognition and revoked the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan.

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