Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has visited China at the age of 100 to speak with Chinese Defense Secretary Li Shangfu. It was his first visit to the People’s Republic in four years. China’s ambassador to Washington, Xie Feng, visited Kissinger in May to mark his 100th birthday.
Kissinger is still highly regarded in China for serving as national security adviser and secretary of state under Richard Nixon as president and under his successor, Gerald Ford. Kissinger is the only living secretary of the Nixon administration (1969-1974).
Kissinger laid the diplomatic foundations for American recognition of the Communist People’s Republic of China, which would allow the republic to join the United Nations. Since 1949, the United States has recognized the refugee government in Taiwan as the Chinese government, not the Communist government in Beijing. Nixon recognized the Chinese government in Beijing and made a week-long visit to the People’s Republic in 1972.
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