Kopar Khairane
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US regrets that its ‘old friend’ Henry Kissinger has better access to Beijing than current officials

<p>The White House voiced displeasure on Thursday following Henry Kissinger’s speeches in China that he was able to have a larger audience in Beijing than certain current U.S. officials.</p>
<p>In the midst of efforts by Beijing and Washington to mend strained ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly welcomed Henry Kissinger as a “old friend” on Thursday. Kissinger was a key architect of normalizing relations between Washington and Beijing in the 1970s while serving as secretary of state and national security advisor in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-87303″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-download-2023-07-21t182440.987.jpg” alt=”” width=”1107″ height=”664″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-download-2023-07-21t182440.987.jpg 290w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-download-2023-07-21t182440.987-150×90.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1107px) 100vw, 1107px” /></p>
<p>The White House claimed to be aware of the visit but noted that it was a citizen’s private visit. Along with Wang Yi, China’s senior diplomat, and Li Shangfu, China’s military minister, who had rejected direct negotiations with Lloyd Austin, Kissinger, 100, also met with them during those sessions.</p>
<p>General Li, who was appointed in March, is still under U.S. sanctions for his involvement in a 2017 purchase of weapons from Rosoboronexport, Russia’s biggest arms dealer. Chinese authorities have said time and time again that they want the lifting of the 2018 restrictions in order to further negotiations.</p>
<p>“It’s unfortunate that a private citizen can meet with the defense minister and have a communication but the United States can’t,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.</p>
<p>“We want to find a solution to it. these is why we keep working to reopen military lines of communication because when they are closed during tense situations like these when errors are common, the danger increases.</p>
<p>Administration officials, according to Kirby, “look forward to hearing from Secretary Kissinger when he returns, to hear what he heard, what he learned, and what he saw.”</p>
<p>The conflict in Ukraine, Taiwan, and trade restrictions are just a few of the topics that have caused tensions between the two biggest economies in the world to rise.</p>
<p>Washington has made several high-profile diplomatic trips in an effort to reopen lines of cooperation on these and other matters.</p>
<p>Current Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Beijing last month, and U.S. presidential envoy John Kerry wrapped up extensive negotiations with Beijing on Wednesday over combating climate change.</p>
<p>President Joe Biden said last month that he hopes to meet with President Xi in the near future, and some government officials are hoping for face-to-face meetings as soon as the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi in September or the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference slated for San Francisco in November.</p>

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