1 December 2023
Beijing's foreign ministry on Thursday hailed the late US diplomat Henry Kissinger for his "historic contributions" to China-US ties, describing him as an "old and good friend of the Chinese people".
Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Kissinger "had long been concerned about and supported the development of China-US relations, visiting China more than a hundred times and making historic contributions to promote the normalization of China-US relations." "During his life, Dr. Kissinger attached great importance to China-US relations and believed that they were vital to the peace and prosperity of the two countries and the world," Wang said. Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut at the age of 100.
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