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News Release - December 9, 2008

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2008

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org or

Shujie Chen (415) 674-2966

The 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

Photography Exhibit at S.F. Main Library Details the

Vital and Cooperative Partnership Between the Two Countries

As the world's largest developing country, China's positive relationship with the United States has a profound influence on the geopolitical climate. Yet, it was only 30 years ago that China and the U.S. reopened doors to each other. A photography exhibition detailing the historic anniversary of the opening of diplomatic contact and charting the continued expansion of that relationship opens Dec. 12 in the Jewett Gallery at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

Produced in association with the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, the exhibition of color and black and white photographs explores the results of Sino-U.S. (China-U.S.) cooperation over the past three decades, providing a look at how both countries have benefitted from sharing ideas in the fields of economics, trade, science, technology, culture, education and military affairs. From 1970s "ping-pong diplomacy" to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the exhibition highlights many milestones that have paved the way for the positive relationship between the two countries.

"Since the signing of the historic Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America on Dec. 16, 1978, the two countries have made tremendous strides," said Consul General Gao Zhansheng. "This remarkable exhibition allows us to look back fondly on the establishment of that relationship and realize the common benefits that have incurred as a result which contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region and the world as a whole."

To mark the opening of the exhibition, an event will be held Dec. 14, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level with musical performances by Chinese and U.S. artists who have participated in bilateral cultural exchanges in the Bay Area.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 15, 2009.

For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

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