Chinese language chief Xi Jinping met former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger in Beijing on Thursday, state media reported.
“On July 20, President Xi Jinping met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse,” state broadcaster CCTV mentioned, hailing the 100-year-old statesman’s central position in opening up relations between China and the US within the Nineteen Seventies.
Kissinger, then US nationwide safety advisor, secretly flew to Beijing in July 1971 on a mission to determine relations with communist China.
That journey set the stage for a landmark go to by president Richard Nixon, who sought each to shake up the Chilly Struggle and enlist assist in ending America’s warfare in Vietnam.
Washington’s overtures to an remoted Beijing contributed to China’s rise to develop into a producing powerhouse and the world’s largest financial system after the US.
Since leaving workplace, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kissinger has grown rich advising companies on China — and has warned towards a hawkish flip in US coverage.
“Since 1971, Dr. Kissinger has visited China greater than 100 occasions,” CCTV mentioned on Wednesday.
“On Might 27 this 12 months, the legendary diplomat celebrated his a centesimal birthday, and this go to can be his first journey to China since turning 100,” it added.
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