Report: 30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic
¡¡by Xinhua writers Zeng Hu, Wang
NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-China relations
will enjoy steady and continuous progress in a long period to come, as many
problems in the world today require the two countries to cooperate in many ways,
former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger said here on Monday.
"Our ties in the next 30 years could make the same
progress as they had made in the last 30 years, that could be good for the
world, be good for our countries," Kissinger told Xinhua in an exclusive
interview, as China and the United States are celebrating the 30th anniversary
of their establishment of diplomatic relations this month.
Stephen A. Orlins (R2), president of the
United States National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), Henry
Kissinger (R3), former U.S. secretary of state, attend a ceremony marking
the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the United States and China in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New
York, the United States, Jan. 5, 2009. NYSE kicked off its trading session
on Monday with the special ceremony. Orlins rang the market's Opening
Bell. (Xinhua Photo)
is a "fascinating thing" that the progress of the relationship has been
"continuous" over such a long period, during which the two countries have seen
four generations of Chinese leaders and eight American administrations, said
Just two weeks ahead of a government transition in
Washington, the seasoned diplomat advised President-elect Barack Obama to also
"dedicate himself to a continuous development of Chinese and U.S. relationship."
Leaders of the two countries should be in direct
contact with each other, and Obama should go to China "at a relatively very
early point," he suggested.
Meanwhile, he cautioned, "We should not judge the
relationship by how quickly our president travels, but should judge it by
whether at an early stage significant conversations take place between leading
Chinese and leading Americans and whether real progress is made on outstanding
Just hours before the interview with Xinhua in his
New York office, Kissinger attended a special Opening Bell sounding ceremony at
the New York Stock Exchange to mark the anniversary of U.S.-China diplomatic
ties, which officially fell on Jan. 1.
It was a highly confidential visit to China by
Kissinger in 1971 that paved the way for a groundbreaking 1972 summit in Beijing
between President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong, which eventually led to
the normalization of U.S.-China relations on Jan. 1, 1979.
"(At that time) if anyone had told me that I would
celebrate an event about the People's Republic of China on the floor of the New
York Stock Exchange, I would think that could be inconceivable because that time
was before the Chinese reform, and when China was still at a very early stage of
its development," said Kissinger, who played a key role in U.S. foreign policy
in the late 1960s and most of the 70s.
The mere fact that the event could take place shows
the link between China and the United States is both on the economic level and
the political one as well, he commented.
According to the renowned strategist, the world has
entered an era in which leaders must "keep an eye on the opportunities they have
for cooperation." "They should realize that they for the first time in the
history can deal with issues on global bases, and not just on their national
bases, so this is a great opportunity for them," he explained.
For example, he said, the United States and China now
have "a common opportunity because the international economic system has to be
rebuilt," and "it can not be done unless the United States and China agree on
the agenda of direction."
"There were so many political crises in the world,
which require cooperation, and I believe this really can be a beginning of a new
era of our relationship," he added.
The world also has many other problems that are "more
subtle, more complicated and less direct," and they require U.S.-China
cooperation in many ways, Kissinger noted.
"What is needed is a continued development by both
leaderships of methods of cooperating and solving the world's problems," he
Called in China "an old friend of the Chinese people"
and one of the few foreigners who have the privilege to be received by all the
four generations of Chinese leaders, Kissinger told Xinhua that he now feels
China has become an integral part of his life, though he barely knew anything
about that remote country when he first visited it.
"China is important for political reasons to America.
But for me, it is important because I have come to admire the dedication of the
Chinese people and the historic achievement of the Chinese people," said the
85-year-old man with emotion.
Stephen A. Orlins (L4), president of the
United States National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), Zhang
Yesui (R3), China's UN permanent representative, Henry Kissinger (L2),
former U.S. secretary of state, attend a ceremony marking the 30th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the
United States and China in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York,
the United States, Jan. 5, 2009. NYSE kicked off its trading session on
Monday with the special ceremony. Orlins rang the market's Opening Bell.