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State councilor discusses range of issues with Kissinger

Updated: Dec 6,2015 11:21 AM

State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun met with Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, on Nov 30 in New York, and exchanged views upon a range of issues, including the China-US relationship, cyber security and anti-terrorism efforts.

Guo was in the US to co-chair the first China-US ministerial dialogue on fighting cyber crime in Washington DC along with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Guo noted that Kissinger is “an old friend of the Chinese people and has made a historical contribution to developing the China-US relationship”.

China and the US enjoy a wide range of interests in cyber security, both face common challenges, and the two countries should further attempt to move cyber security from a point of friction into where the two countries cooperate, Guo said.

“Both China and the US are victims of terrorism, and the two countries should mutually understand and support each other and reinforce their pragmatic cooperation in fighting terror,” Guo said.

Kissinger noted that President Xi Jinping highlighted the future development of China-US relations when addressing a welcome dinner in Seattle in September.

Both countries should further implement the consensus reached by the leaders of China and the US, he said.

While they may have differing views upon cyber security, the development of the two-way relationship shouldn’t be derailed by temporary divergences and problems, he added.