Hailing China’s “friendship established with old friends”, Wang on Wednesday praised Kissinger’s “historic contributions to the ice-breaking development of China-US relations”.
“China’s policy towards the United States maintains a high degree of continuity, and follows the fundamental guidelines proposed by President Xi Jinping, which are mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation,” Wang added.
“These three guidelines are fundamental and long-term, and they are also the right way for China and the United States, two big countries, to get along with each other,” China’s top diplomat said.
“The US policy toward China needs Kissinger-style diplomatic wisdom and Nixon-style political courage,” he added.
Kissinger met Tuesday in Beijing with Defence Minister Li Shangfu as part of a surprise visit to China.
“Kissinger said in today’s world, challenges and opportunities coexist, and both the United States and China should eliminate misunderstandings, coexist peacefully, and avoid confrontation,” state news agency Xinhua reported.
“He expressed the hope that both sides will exert wisdom, make every effort to create positive outcomes for the development of bilateral relations, and safeguard world peace and stability,” it added.
The elder statesman’s trip to China coincides with that of US climate envoy John Kerry and follows recent visits by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.