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U.S.-China cooperation crucial in times of difficulty: Kissinger


14:56, October 18, 2011

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The cooperation and strategic trust between the United States and China are critically important in times of difficulty, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said here Monday.

"The future of the world depends on the relationship between China and the U.S.," he said at the 45th Anniversary Gala Dinner of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. "China and the U.S. should further seek common interest for the world peace and security."

Despite the different voices in the United States now, it is important to remember that since U.S. President Richard Nixon's historic 1972 visit to China, all the U.S. administrations "have pursued a policy of cooperation with China," the veteran diplomat said.

Steve Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, echoed by quoting Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong to illustrate the importance of U.S.-China cooperation.

"Chairman Mao said: 'In times of difficulty, we must not lose sight of our achievements, we must see the bright future, and we must lift up our courage,'" Orlins said at the gala.

The cooperation and strategic trust between the two nations are of vital importance given that "the anti-China sentiment still remains part of U.S. political and public discourse," added Orlins, who has served as the committee's president since May 2005.

The importance also results from the fact that "some elected leaders think China is the primary cause of job loss in America rather than increases in productivity and technological innovation," he said.

"These are our difficult times," he said. "As I think about the challenges lying ahead, I recognize as all of you do, that our relationship with China will determine the world we leave to our children."

Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama sent congratulatory letters respectively to the gala, emphasizing the importance of a healthy bilateral relationship in shaping the 21st century.

The event also honored U.S. energy giant Chevron and The Walt Disney Company for their contributions to a strong U.S.-China bilateral relationship.

Established in 1966, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is a non-partisan organization that seeks to promote better understanding between China and the United States.


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wende at 2011-10-1871.255.93.*
Kissinger is the white-faced opera actor and his advice should be taken with a grain of salt. To show US sincerity in the cooperation, it should show some real actions and not just talks. The hand US extends is not to shake China"s hand but to slap

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