On November 22, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger of the United States (US) at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping appreciated the sincere feelings and positive efforts Dr. Henry Kissinger has devoted to promoting the development of the relations between China and US, the two great countries, over the years, saying that Henry Kissinger will be remembered for his important contributions in history. Xi Jinping wished Henry Kissinger good health and a long life and hoped that he would continue to serve as a promoter and contributor of China-US relations.
Xi Jinping pointed out, in those years, Dr. Henry Kissinger, with profound historical insights and a deep understanding of traditional Chinese culture, worked together with the then-leaders of the two countries to advance the normalization of China-US relations despite the two countries’ different national conditions. To this day, this pioneering move continues to exert great influence on the two countries and indeed the world. At present, China-US relations are at a critical juncture facing some difficulties and challenges.
Traditional Chinese culture emphasizes harmony within diversity and overall guideline. The two countries should enhance communication on strategic issues, avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment, and improve mutual understanding. The two sides should proceed from the fundamental interests of the two peoples and the people of the world, respect each other, seek common ground while reserving differences, pursue win-win results in cooperation, and promote the development of bilateral relations in the right direction.
Henry Kissinger said, I had visited China for nearly 100 times in the past 50 years and had witnessed the huge changes that have taken place in China, for which I have been very honored. Over the past 50 years, US-China relations had experienced fluctuations, but the general direction has always headed forward. Today’s world has changed a lot and the importance of US-China relations is more prominent. The two sides should strengthen strategic communication, work to find ways to properly resolve differences and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, which will be of vital importance to both countries and the world.
Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and others were present.
[Source by Consulate General of the PRC]