"In Conversation with C.H. Tung" is a new series by China-US Focus that features highlights of a conversation between Editor-at-Large James Chau and Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's First Chief Executive. In this highlight, titled “Opening Up”, James and Mr Tung discuss a period of time in which great progress was made for both China and U.S.-China relations.
1979 was the year not only in which China began its open-up and reform program, but also in which China and the US officially re-established diplomatic relations through the meeting of Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiaoping. Mr Tung explains why the coming-together of the U.S. and China was so significant for the two nations, including the U.S. winning the Cold War, and China beginning to open its market to US businesses. Through his analysis of this period, he shows how collaborative U.S.-China relations are healthy for the international community as a whole.