On October 27, 2008, upon invitation by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, CISS Executive Deputy Director, Professor Yuan Ming, SIS Prof. Zha Daojiong, CISS Secretary General, Associate Professor Yu Tiejun, and Dr. Song Wei of SIS attended a discussion with former US National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. The discussion was hosted by CPIFA President, former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Wenchang. Representatives from PKU, Renmin University of China, Institute of Foreign Affairs, Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Institute of World Economics and Politics of CASS, discussed the global financial crisis with Dr. Kissinger.
The discussion addressed issues such as globalization, the global financial crisis, US-China Relations, East Asian issues more broadly, the Russia-Georgia conflict, US-India nuclear cooperation, and the foreign policy of the next US administration. Kissinger believes that this financial crisis highlighted the risks inherent in globalization. The financial crisis is heavily influencing the US; however, he believes that after it has passed, the US will still be the world’s sole super-power. Kissinger praised the successful completion of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. He also stated that US-China relations have been strong over the past 30 years, emphasizing that the common interests of the two countries are beyond many people’s imagination. US-China relations are the foundation of the US’s participation in Asia; Kissinger concluded that China and the US should work together in distinguishing priorities, to better deal with the challenges that come with globalization.