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Kissinger: Not a zero-sum game for China and America

April 6, 2007
Dr Henry Kissinger met Mao Zedong and Chou Enlai in Beijing.

I agree with the viewpoint of Dr Henry Kissinger on the importance of the Sino-US cooperation. But I’m just wondering how many American political leaders still believe in the analysis made by their former Secretary of State.

Many people hold the view that the World War III is inevitable once China has decided to play a greater role in resolving international conflicts. Due to insatiable demand on energy, China will eventually clash with the America over the control of world energy sources. It’s timely for Kissinger to impress upon the need for the two countries to cooperate in the search for new sources of energy. The world becomes safer if the two countries could reduce conflicts over energy.

Kissinger stresses importance of Sino-U.S. cooperation in Shanghai speech

Visiting former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stressed the importance of Sino-U.S. cooperation when delivering a speech on Thursday to students of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.

Kissinger said China is on the rise, but the rise of China doesn’t mean the downfall of the United States. “It is not a zero-sum game. Both countries will develop through cooperation.” he said.

To highlight the importance of cooperation, Kissinger cited the energy issue. He said the world has developed a huge appetite for energy, but the supply of conventional energy is becoming more and more limited.

“The two countries need to cooperate to look for new sources of energy for the sake of everyone. There would be no winner if the two countries got into a conflict,” Kissinger said.

However, the two countries still face obstacles and challenges. Kissinger attributed these obstacles to different histories and cultural backgrounds.

“China had existed for thousands of years before the independence of the United States. China doesn’t need America’s permission to develop. And there is nothing we could or should do to prevent it. What we can do is to learn more about each other’s history, culture and reality,” Kissinger said.

Kissinger arrived in Shanghai after visiting Beijing at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he attended the China Forum on Science and Humanity.

Source: Xinhua