US, China mark 30 years of diplomatic ties
Updated: 2009-01-06 13:00

January 1 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-American diplomatic ties, one of the most crucial bilateral relationships in the world.

In this Feb 21, 1972 file photo, Chairman Mao Zedong meets then US president Richard M. Nixon at Zhongnanhai in Beijing. [Xinhua]

Major Chinese media, including the Xinhua News Agency, published articles marking the 30th anniversary of the Sino-American relations Thursday.  Xinhua's commentary was titled "China-US relations on path toward greater progress."

The article said the two countries have made substantial progress in developing a "constructive partnership."

Chinese scholars focus on how economically interdependent the United States and China have become.

Shi Yinhong, international studies professor at Beijing's Renmin University, says this is why he believes future China-American disputes will focus on trade.

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