Didn’t really know what to expect from this S.O.B. A character from before my time,
I guess the reputation precedes. A diplomat with a polarizing track record, a central figure of world diplomacy from the 60’s and on, accused of war crimes in multiple countries.
The revelation? This book is an absorbing read. Insightful into much Chinese thinking
and the goings-on of American-Chinese political relations from its beginnings in the Mao era to today. It is a well-written and easy read; informative. The man can write, affirmative.
BOOK QUOTE ::
‘The United States bears the responsibility to retain its competitiveness and its world role.
It should do this for its own traditional convictions, rather than as a contest with China. Building competitiveness is a largely American project, which we should not ask China
to solve for us. China, fulfilling its own interpretation of its national destiny, will continue to develop its economy and pursue a broad range of interests in Asia and beyond. This is
not a prospect that dictates confrontations that led to the First World War. It suggests an evolution in many aspects of which China and the United States cooperate as much as they compete.’ (Henry Kissinger, ON CHINA, Penguin Books)