Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Monday that China and the United States need to build their futures together, for themselves and for humanity at large.
Beijing and Washington formally established their diplomatic ties on Jan. 1, 1979. "The 40th anniversary of this relationship is a testament to the ability of countries with different histories, cultures and political systems to work together for the greater good," Carter wrote in an article published in the Washington Post.
The normalization of the bilateral ties led to an era distinguished by peace in East Asia and the Pacific region, the 94-year-old said.
Carter's op-ed can be found here.