The first time when America came in touch with China was during the Qing Dynasty in 1644, Beijing being the capital of China then. In the later period, Qing took the charge of other border areas such as Xinjiang, Yunnan, Tibet, Mongolia and Taiwan.
The US-China relations strengthened during 1980s with the help of high-level exchanges. In 1984, President Reagan and Premier Zhao Ziyang visited China and did joint meetings. Later in July 1985, the first ever visit by the Chinese state head was made by President Li Xiannian to the United States. In October 1985, Vice President Bust visited China for the opening of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, which is the USs fourth consular post in China. With President Bushs second visit to Beijing in February 1989, more exchanges of Cabinet-level officials took place during 1985-89. This gave birth to a large number of cultural exchange activities between the two nations at all levels, in terms of cultural, artistic and educational activities. Every month there were frequent visits and meetings between Chinese and American delegates to improvise the relationship between the two countries.
In the second-half of 1997, Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited the States, and the two parties concluded with an agreement on implementation of their 1985 agreement based on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, and such other issues. In June 1998, American President Clinton again visited China and came into direct interface with the Chinese people. He travelled China at length and also participated in live speeches, radio shows, and so on. This allowed the American President to approach first handed to the Chinese people.
Today, America is keen to see China becoming a more freed and democratic country, and should choose their own destinations freely and progress at their own comfortable pace. Americans had never been influencing on Chinese food culture, such that if Americans prefer to drink coffee everyday instead of tea, the Chinese too should adopt that practice and abandon to drinking tea everyday.
Chinese has a right to decide to be a communist or capitalist economy. However, China is not either a communist or a capitalised nation. It is a nation based on the cultures of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism for over 5,000 years, and would no doubt eventually become a pleasant country to reside in the near future.
China has transformed remarkably over the past twenty years into one of the worlds major market economies. China is now eager to do business with the West. Chinas rolling trade with the U.S.A. can help in stabilizing the relationship between the two countries.