Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping holds hands with U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan with U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Beijing April 28, 1984. (AP Photo)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Nancy Reagan stand by the Great Wall during their several hour visit to the historical site near Peking, China, April 28, 1984. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
President Reagan watches as a Chinese girl dances in his honor at the Rainbow Bridge Township Day Care Center in Shanghai, China, May 1, 1984. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
A student at Fudan University asks U.S. President Ronald Reagan a question in a classroom session, April 30, 1984 in Shanghai. (AP Photo)
#U.S. Presidents# (#40) Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981 to 1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving “peace through strength” abroad.
At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon government.
In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve “peace through strength.” During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union.
President Reagan was the first sitting American President to visit China after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations by the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China on January 1, 1979. The six-day state visit took place during April 26 – May 1, 1984. Reagan said: “Let us hope that, as contacts grow between the Chinese and American people, each of us will continue to learn about the other, and this important new friendship of ours will mature and prosper.”
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