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Henry Kissinger

Every now and then I’ve been given the opportunity to talk with some of our movers and shakers from the past. First it was former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld as he launched his book "Known and Unknown". And through the Rumsfeld office, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to now sit down with former NSA and Sec State Henry Kissinger today as he launches his new book, "On China".

Unfortunately I received the book yesterday and haven’t been able to read it, but as the title suggests, it is all about China – history, politics, foreign relations, etc. Kissinger has apparently been fascinated by the country ever since Richard Nixon sent him to Beijing to help open and better relations between the US and China.

If you have any serious questions about China – since that’s obviously going to be the theme of the coffee klatch arranged for today, I’d welcome them.  I think it will be a fascinating hour or two.  China has always been an enigma to the West, and it is no less so today.  Drop any ideas for q’s in comments and if they’re good, I’ll try to ask them.


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17 Responses to Henry Kissinger

  • What does he think are the chances of China becoming an economic world power in the near or long term?  If the term is short then why do they feel the need to keep many draconian limitations on the freedom of their citizens?

  • I’d be curious to see if he thinks modern China is following along the path the US did at the turn of the last century, involving itself more and more visibly in areas that have traditionally been the bailiwick of the western empires.

  • What would the ideal American policy for dealing with China look like?
    Is there a way to create international incentives for China to unite with the west on dealing with international problems, ie Iran?
    China benefits from international stability. Yet often China takes sides with nations notorious for contributing to international instability. Explain this paradox.

    • I dont’ think that China considers Iran to be an international problem.

      • Considering Iran exports oil and gas to China then China probably views Iran like the US views ‘our friends’ in Saudi Arabia.

  • Another thing – what’s his reading on the current China/Vietnam flare up, and how seriously does he think the Chinese take their claims over the better part of the South China Sea?

    • Note, I’m wondering if they are playing the old Soviet bargaining game of asking for ALL of the South China sea when they are willing to accept just the northern end of it.

  • You could bring a copy of Hitchen’s book The Trial of Henry Kissinger.

  • Ask him if he’s secretly controlling the world.  Ok ok, kidding aside.
    This ties into what others have asked, but is China a military threat to America (the homeland), or does he envision it being so in the next few decades?

  • Why do we treat China as an “ally” when they demonstrate overwhelming traits of an enemy? By this, I’m dubious that we’ve made any real gains with China over the past 30-40 years.

  • I don’t know if I can muster a ‘serious’ question about China since our trade policy with them is farcical.
    The idea we would build up a country like China economically, especially manufacture, is beyond me.  In the not that distant future, if they choose, they will be able to flip on a war machine we will struggle to match.

  • How longe does he think it will be before China, along with Russia and Iran attack Israel?

    • Now, why would you think that would happen?

      • Because, it is inevitable, for the East to dominate the West Israel must fall. Israel is the underpinning of Western democracy in their region, the symbol of Western dominance over the East and Mid-east. Make no mistake about it, China, Russia, Iran, and their satellites will attack Israel, as soon as they believe the West has lost its resolve and basic cultural beliefs.

  • 1) Ask him about the possibility of a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
    2) Ask him if he thinks the Chinese owning so many T-bills is a national security threat or not.

  • This is a teaser following in line with previous comments.
    Why does he think China, despite its storied diplomatic history, is acting within such a narrow frame of merely national reference? Indeed, it can be well argued that India and Australia are the only mature players on the field.