Henry Kissinger, Foundation Trustee and former U.S. Secretary of State, participated in a webcast with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations on October 18, 2016. Kissinger also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and its President, Stephen A. Orlins, served as moderator of the webcast.
Kissinger headlined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ tenth annual ‘CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections’, which included local presentations at 81 venues across the U.S and 4 venues across Greater China. This included a special presentation of the webcast at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
During the Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford Administrations, Henry Kissinger served as National Security Advisor and as the 56th U.S. Secretary of State. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller “On China”, in which he turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape.
Henry Kissinger is also the recipient of the Noble Peace Prize in 1973, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, and the Medal of Liberty in 1986.
Throughout the webcast, Orlins presented questions to Kissinger, with questions also coming from webcast attendees via Twitter at #CTH16. Kissinger reflected on the history of U.S.-China Relations, his personal accounts on U.S.-China diplomacy restarting following 25 years without any diplomatic relations, his visits during the early 1970s to China, as well as reflections on current U.S.-China Relations.
It was noted in the webcast that Kissinger may have met with more Chinese leaders than any other American during his diplomatic career.
About the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Committee’s continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource.
Established in 1966 by a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders, the Committee was founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy. Similarly, the founders believed that over time dialogue with Chinese citizens would enhance mutual understanding, a basic requirement for stable and productive relations.