President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong meet in Beijing to sign the Shanghai Communiqué pledging the U.S. and China to work toward normalization of diplomatic relations—a pledge that would be realized on January 1, 1979.
Prof. Chou Wen-chung of Columbia University joins a delegation organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and visits China for the first time since his departure in 1946. He meets with artists and cultural leaders.
Prof. Chou is invited to give a lecture on the state of the arts in the U.S. to a distinguished audience of leaders at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At this time, he proposes the establishment of an exchange program. Minister of Culture Huang Zhen facilitates communication with the People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, a non-governmental organization.
Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange
On October 1, 1978, Chou Wen-chung, Professor, Columbia University, School of the Arts, USA, and Wang Bing-nan, Chairman, People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, PRC, establish Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange at Columbia University to promote greater understanding and mutual cooperation through interaction in the arts.