Kissinger gives tips on China

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HEZI JIANG in New York hez­i­jiang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Linda Deng and Yuan Yuan contributed to this story from Seat­tle and Bal­ti­more.

The next US pres­i­dent should put a China spe­cial­ist on his or her per­sonal staff, said Henry Kissinger, who is also a sup­porter of the Tran­sPa­cific Part­ner­ship with China on board.

His con­ver­sa­tion with Stephen Or­lins, the pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on US-China Re­la­tions (NCUSCR), was streamed as part of NCUSCR’s 2016 CHINA Town Hall, held at more than 80 venues across 41 states in the US, with sev­eral in China, on Tues­day.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state said he be­lieves the an­tiChina state­ments emerg­ing in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign can have a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on US-China re­la­tions.

“Ir­re­spon­si­ble state­ments about China can­not al­ways be ig­nored as be­ing cam­paign rhetoric,” he said on the night be­fore the last debate. “We have to de­velop a na­tional abil­ity to bring out pub­lic state­ments in line with our na­tional ne­ces­si­ties.”

Asked what is the first piece of advice he would give to the next pres­i­dent on the US-China re­la­tion­ship, he an­swered:

“Put [some­one] on their per­sonal staff who knows about China, history and cul­ture, who can act as a li­ai­son to the Chi­nese govern­ment.”

He also rec­om­mends an early-on di­a­logue be­tween the next ad­min­is­tra­tion and Chi­nese lead­ers to dis­cuss “where are we try­ing to go? What are we try­ing to achieve? What are we try­ing to pre­vent?”

Kissinger, who helped ar­range the Ping Pong diplo­macy and Pres­i­dent Nixon’s ground­break­ing visit to China in 1972, said that lessons he learned four decades ago still ap­ply today.

“China has a dif­fer­ent history and cul­ture,” he stressed. “The US should not act like we are teach­ing them how to be­have. Not ev­ery prob­lem in the world can be solved by the United States alone.”

More than 80 China ex­perts also spoke at lo­cal venues on the re­la­tion­ship.

In Bal­ti­more, David Lamp­ton, a pro­fes­sor of China Stud­ies at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, said Amer­ica should have an open heart to­ward a new ris­ing power.

“We are not go­ing to hold China back, that’s a los­ing strat­egy. Our only strat­egy is to in­crease our na­tional ca­pa­bil­ity,” he told the au­di­ence, which in­cluded some in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from China.

The talk ended with a per­sonal ques­tion, with Kissinger re­veal­ing that his fa­vorite kind of Chi­nese food was sweet and sour dishes and Sichuan.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger (right) and Stephen Or­lins, the Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on US-China Re­la­tions (NCUSCR), was streamed as part of NCUSCR’s 2016 CHINA Town Hall, held at more than 80 venues in the US and China on Tues­day.

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