Liu Baicheng, an 81-year-old professor of mechanical engineering at Tsinghua University, is happy to recall his 1978 arrival in New York, an occasion that opened the floodgates to 35 years of booming academic exchange between China and the United States.
"Chinese people are great people, and American people are also great people. We came all the way to the United States, not only to learn advanced science and technology, but also to promote the friendship between the Chinese and American peoples," Liu told U.S. reporters upon landing at John. F. Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 26, 1978, five days before the historic establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic ties. More...