The joint communique on 17 August 1982 between the United States and the People's Republic of China over future US arms sales to Taiwan was a carefully crafted document responsible for preventing a likely downgrading of relations between Washington and Beijing.
Lasater, Martin L.
"Thunder and Lightning Over Taiwan,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 36
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol36/iss4/9