From the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website, June 12, 2012:
Chief State Councillor Wen Jiabao met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Zhongnanhai’s Ziguang Pavillon*) on June 12.
Wen Jiabao said that globalization and scientific and technological progress had brought the world new opportunities, but that at the same time, all kinds of unstable and undetermined factors had also visibly grown. How to deal with the global financial crisis and grave global challenges, how to safeguard peace and to promote sustainable development all constituted major tests for Chinese-American relations. The two sides ought to remove disturbances, deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, which corresponded with Chinese, American and the international community’s common interest.
Wen Jiabao highly valued Kissinger’s efforts to promote Chinese-American relations several decades ago, and his warm-hearted attention paid to China’s development and changes. Wen Jiabao said that for China to carry reform and opening forward was a historic necessity. The Chinese government and the Chinese people would strive to achieve the state’s prosperity and power and national rejuvenation, to make greater contributions to humankind, and trusted that they would continue to obtain the international community’s broad welcome and support.
Kissinger said that good U.S.-Chinese relations were very important for the two countries and for the world, and that as long as the two sides attached importance to solving [practical] problems, and showed strategic and far-sighted vision, and carried out broader, deeper cooperation, this would be in tune with the general trend. He congratulated China on the huge achievements made in its development, and [expressed his belief] that China would be able to achieve its magnificent goals, facing an even better future.
The FMPC communiqué is the standard text for People’s Daily, commercial websites like Sina, which names Xinhua as the original source, and Huanqiu, which, too, refers to Xinhua. So does Xinhua Newsagency itself.
From the CCP’s perspective, veteran politicians who are willing to take long trips to Beijing may be useful soft-power tools, and that would be basically that. Not too many comments have appeared under the standard news article(s) during the two days after release. But that’s not to say that nobody among the public would care.
HaHan (a blogger, but not to be confused with Han Han), for example, suspects that there is American soft power at work – Kissinger either seems to have come with personal powers, or with a mission.
Not much of the conversation had been reported, HaHan notes, and only one utterance from Kissinger – the one about solving practical problems and showing strategic and far-sighted vision:
But the action I have seen taken by the State Council and the Central Bank corresponds with America’s strategic and far-sighted vision, I see no Chinese strategic and far-sighted vision.
At times like these, they still make efforts to develop new sources of energy; at times like these, they still want to inject funds to the IMF, at times like these, they say that they need to buy EFSF bonds, at times like these they oddly want to lower interest rates, at times like these, they oddly reiterate that housing loan rates can be adjusted downwards, to 70 per cent of the current [general] lending rate. I would like to ask the State Council and the Central Bank a few questions: are you Chinese? Or are you Kissinger’s people?
In an environment as good as China’s is now, why should China sacrifice herself?
I would also like to say that there is military and border cooperation with Russia on the political level, and chip-trading with America on the economic level. If America gets nothing done, let’s accelerate the development of our relations with Russia, let’s implement the promised 10,000,000,000-dollar- SCO-investment more quickly, add another 50,000,000,000 U.S. dollars, which would be much sensible than to go and to buy European junk bonds (but at definitely higher profits).
Our country must show a good strategic attitude, it must not throw in the towel while it has good cards on its hand. Decisionmakers on the economic level must take the responsibility for strategic mistakes.
Actually, what I wrote above is what I have said in a previous article. From here, I will mainly discuss housing price issues.
Having done that, having specified the “three big mountains” and China’s need to focus on these, rather than on foreign problems, also having told the government that failure to rectify the extreme right (which want to harm the country domestically) and the exreme left (who want to overthrow state power), plus a warning reference to the fate of the former Soviet Union, HaHan points out that the U.S. needs to be seen as a wolf, not a savior. (苏联共产党被搞死掉就是前车之鉴，15年前俄罗斯当兵的上街要饭的图片还历历在目。不要认为美国是救世主，美国是豺狼，…)
[t]he tool to hold when facing a wolf is a gun. What we want is American high-technology, not naked promises.
*) A place where Chinese leaders frequently receive foreign guests, according to Baidu Baike.
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