Uncles to the New China: George Herbert Walker Bush and Henry Kissinger

Juan Williams of Fox News looks at the role played by Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Henry Kissinger in U.S.-China relations:

Kissinger’s role during the turmoil of Vietnam and his support for Nixon during the Watergate scandals is a non-story here. At these Olympics he is an honored pioneer who laid the groundwork for China’s growth. And Kissinger looks back on his work in China with clear emotion of a proud relative.

His voice shifting lower he told me there are not many times in life when you know you have made a difference, but China is “one time when I know I made a difference for the good.” The very building he is standing in is evidence to that truth. Built in 1740 as one of several pavilions in a garden court it was burned down in 1923 and only recently restored through joint financial help from Chinese and U.S. business leaders.


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