United States President-elect Donald Trump holds a telephone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since the United States recognized the People's Republic of China in 1979.
The United States and People's Republic of China agree to work towards ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.
The People's Republic of China levies anti-dumping charges on the chemical resorcinol imported from the United States and Japan.
The United States and the People's Republic of China exchange WTO trade complaints: the US complaining of China's support for automotive exports, and China complaining of new U.S. duties on several of their products.
The United States Congress votes to restore higher tariffs against the People's Republic of China and other nations that allegedly subsidize exports to the United States.
ABC News reports that President Barack Obama will nominate the United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as the next United States ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Newly released cables from the United States indicate former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd suggested the use of force against China if it could not be "successfully integrated" into the international community. The Australian government refuses to respond to the release.
China denies reports that it has banned export of rare earth mineral to the United States and Europe following similar measures against Japan.
United States President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama amid opposition from China.
China suspends military exchanges and reviews cooperation on issues with the United States after the latter agreed to a proposed weapons sale to Taiwan.