Beijing, Nov 30 (EFE).- China mourned the death of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who died at the age of 100 in his home in Connecticut (USA), highlighting “his important contribution” to normalizing ties between Washington and Beijing.
“The Chinese people will fondly remember Kissinger and his important contribution to China-U.S. relations. He was a pioneer who cared about developing our relations. China and the United States owe forward his strategic vision, political courage and diplomatic wisdom based on to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and cooperation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference.
For his part, China’s ambassador to the United States, Xie Feng, said on social network X that he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Kisinger’s death.
“My deepest condolences to Nancy (Kissinger’s wife) and her family. It is a tremendous loss for both our countries and the world,” Xie said.
The diplomat added that History will remember Kissinger for “his contribution to relations between China and the United States.”
“He will always remain alive in the hearts of the Chinese people as a valued old friend,” he said.
The diplomat was one of the most important figures on the international stage during the Cold War, and in 1972 he traveled to Beijing to meet with Mao Zedong and begin a process to normalize diplomatic relations between both countries during the presidency of Richard Nixon (1969- 1974).
Having already turned 100, last July he visited China, a country he has visited on numerous occasions, to meet with the current president, Xi Jinping, with whom he agreed that the relationship between the two countries is related to “world peace and the progress of human society.” EFE