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China Seeks Greater Stability in U.S. Relations, Kissinger Says

June 08, 2013

China is seeking greater stability in its relationship with the U.S., according to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who spoke as leaders of the two countries met in California.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is a “strong personality” trying to define a new direction for China that would benefit from its relationship with the U.S., Kissinger said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program, scheduled for broadcast tomorrow.

“I think they are serious about making the exploration. We similarly have to be serious,” Kissinger said. “If it works well and both sides are lucky, then at the end of 10 years, this may have become a habit that has transformed international relations.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Xi are meeting at a California desert estate on cybersecurity, climate change and North Korea. Obama and Xi have sought to characterize their two-day summit as a chance for a fresh start in relations, with the Chinese leader saying the talks marked a “new historical starting point.”

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