Kissinger Attended 40th Anniversary of Nixon’s Visit to China


When: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 through Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Location: Beijing, China
BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — China’s Vice President Xi Jinping on Monday said that China is willing to work with the United States to push forward their cooperative partnership under new circumstances, so as to benefit the two peoples and world peace.

Xi and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attended a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s visit to China and the release of the Shanghai Communique.

In his speech, Xi reviewed the course of Sino-U.S. relations and expressed his wish for the continuation of bilateral cooperation. He urged the two sides to strengthen contact at all levels, promote cooperation in the fields of economics and trade, as well as enhance coordination on international and regional issues.

As a witness to Nixon’s China tour, Kissinger echoed Xi’s speech, noting that world peace requires cooperation between the United States and China.

Kissinger said that the prospects of Sino-U.S. relations will not change, although there will be some commotion during the U.S. presidential elections.

Both the Obama Administration and the Republican Party prefer a positive relationship with China, he said.

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon formally visited China on Feb. 21 to 28, 1972, with the Sino-U.S. Joint Communique released in Shanghai on his last day of the trip. The visit opened a door for Sino-U.S. relations that had been closed for many years.

The two countries officially established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial-level on Jan. 1, 1979.


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