US-China relations: Kissinger in Beijing
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 15:37
  
Beijing: Former US Secretary Henry Kissinger, known for his role in 1971 in bringing about the historic Sino-US rapprochement through his famous 'Ping-Pong' diplomacy, is here again apparently to smoothen the strained bilateral relations.

Kissinger, 86, regarded widely as Washington's trouble shooter arrived in Beijing last weekend after discharged from a hospital in Seoul where he underwent treatment for a stomach ailment.

During his visit, coinciding with the tour of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, he met Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and discussed with him the strains in the bilateral relations.

Li told Kissinger that he hoped America would safeguard the stable growth of China-US ties. "The severe disturbance that recently occurred in bilateral relations is not in accordance with the interests of both countries," Li said.

The Chinese leader was referring to Washington's announcement of weapon sales to Taiwan, President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama and trade disputes between the two countries, official media reported here.

Li praised the contribution made by Kissinger to advancing the China-US cooperation, hoping he would continue his efforts for the growth of bilateral relations, the report said.

The Chinese leader said a sound China-US relationship was in the fundamental interests of both nations and peoples, and was also conducive to peace, stability and development of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 15:37


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