Kissinger urges the United States and China to remain in dialogue
Kissinger urges the United States and China to remain in dialogue

Kissinger urges the United States and China to remain in dialogue

Retired U.S. statesman Henry Kissinger called on Washington and Beijing to remain in “permanent dialogue” and adopt “restrained behavior,” according to remarks released Thursday but recorded before Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

Speaking at an event scheduled for the 50th anniversary of US President Richard Nixon’s visit to China, which opened relations between the two countries, Mr. Kissinger that relations between China and the United States are at a weak point. His comments were recorded on February 20, according to the New York-based National Committee on United States-China Relations, a co-organizer of the event, which had speakers in both countries.

Sir. Kissinger did not reach a joint statement signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on February 4, which promised a new era of cooperation between the two countries.

As U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Kissinger secretly traveled to China to negotiate Mr. Nixon’s breakthrough visit in February 1972 and forged a joint statement with Mao Zedong’s right-hand man, Zhou Enlai. This crucial document, known as the Shanghai Communiqué, led to the restoration of US diplomatic recognition of China several years later.

“We meet at a time when it is not always a cooperation between China and the United States,” Mr Kissinger said in his remarks. “I just want to say that the security of the world depends on the two most advanced countries, the technological countries, remaining in permanent dialogue and trying to find a solution to their differences in a cooperative position. That is the key issue of our time. “

He added, “the key to international order is restrained behavior and peaceful discussion between these two major communities.”

Although Mr Kissinger gave his short speech days before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he made no mention of its military build-up along Ukraine’s border, which was well known at the time.

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