Farewell to an Old Friend: China’s Tribute to Kissinger
Today, China is mourning the passing of one of its most valuable old friends, Henry Kissinger. Kissinger served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, and he was one of the key figures of the Sino-American rapprochement. He went to Beijing to negotiate with Zhou Enlai in 1972, and with Deng Xiaoping in 1979. Kissinger set the terms of the "Open Door" policy established by Nixon, bringing increased investment, trade, and diplomatic relations between the United States and China. Throughout his life, Kissinger prioritized the pursuit of understanding between China and the United States. His legacy of engagement will continue to benefit both countries for years to come. The Chinese government expressed its deepest condolences, noting that Kissinger was a "cherished old friend" to the Chinese people, whose "undying contributions" will not be forgotten. Many Chinese leaders, including President XI Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, have paid tribute to Kissinger. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Kissinger’s guidance and constant efforts to build bridges between the United States and China have left a "deep imprint" on the history of Sino-American relations. Kissinger’s passing has prompted a collective sense of sorrow in China, where his presence was felt across both government and private circles. He will be remembered for his profound influence on China-US relations, and his legacy will live on in the generations to come.