Chinese leader Xi Jinping met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Beijing on Thursday, state media reported.
“On July 20, President Xi Jinping met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse,” state broadcaster CCTV said, praising the 100-year-old statesman’s central role in opening up relations between China and the United States. . 1970s.
Kissinger, then US National Security Advisor, secretly went to Beijing in July 1971 on a mission to establish relations with Communist China.
That trip set the stage for a historic visit by President Richard Nixon, who sought help in ending the Cold War and ending America’s war in Vietnam.
Washington’s efforts to isolate Beijing have contributed to China becoming a manufacturing superpower and the world’s largest economy after the United States.
Since leaving office, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kissinger has become wealthy by advising businesses on China – and he has warned against drastic changes in US policy.
“Dr. Kissinger has visited China more than 100 times since 1971,” CCTV said on Wednesday.
It added, “On May 27 this year, the great diplomat celebrated his 100th birthday and this visit is also his first visit to China after turning 100.”
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