Henry Kissinger on China

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dr. Henry Kissinger discusses China, a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape.  In On China, he draws on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past 40 years to examine how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century.


Dr. Henry Kissinger

Comments [21]

Vic from .

Speaking of chess, Leonard, (& nothing to do with Henry Kissinger) have you seen the French film, QUEEN TO MOVE, with Kevin Kline ? Beautiful. Too bad it wasn't in the theater for very long. Check it out on DVD when it becomes available.

And as for mixed signals..., traditionally, Chinese people feel uncomfortable having continuous eye contact during a conversation.
It's considered aggressive.
American people, on the other hand, look to have direct eye contact...It's considered honest, & at the same time telling -
Shifty eyes have something to hide.
Now, who is correct ?

Jun. 01 2011 11:48 PM

Nice to see Kissinger has lived long enough to get defensive!

Jun. 01 2011 07:42 AM
Fred from Queens

Out, damned spot!

Jun. 01 2011 01:35 AM
outraged from brooklyn

Why is Leonard Lopate respecting this war criminal? Leonard you owe your listeners an apology.

The 92nd Street Y has not seen fit to cancel the Kissinger event as many have requested.
Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed. He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in VietNam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile, East Timor, Iraq and other countries.

May. 31 2011 04:20 PM
John from Brooklyn

I think I heard Kissinger say that he wanted a global equilibrium where strong did not pick on the weak. His whole career was supporting the strong beating up on the weak. To name a few: the U.S. in Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan vs. Bangladesh and Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975. see for more info on the last one.

At least Leonard asks some pointed questions, unlike many other interviewers.

May. 31 2011 01:01 PM
dboy from nyc

... out, out, damn spots!!

May. 31 2011 12:55 PM
Elizabeth from NY

Go Leonard, call him on his actions.

May. 31 2011 12:40 PM
marc rosenblatt from brooklyn

Does he still think assassinating democratically elected heads of state to be a good idea?

I heard this war criminal before in lass Vegas at a security conference. I got the same ice crystals in my blood as i do now.

May. 31 2011 12:38 PM
dboy from nyc

While we were slaughtering South East Asians we should have done the same to the Chinese. Hell, we were already in the neighborhood.

How much trouble would that have saved us???

May. 31 2011 12:34 PM
james from brooklyn

Why is this man still relevant?

May. 31 2011 12:33 PM

arghhh his voice is impossible!

May. 31 2011 12:32 PM
tom warren barlow from LICity

Is Mr. Kissinger heavily invested in American facilities in China, How has his consulting firm contributed to such development? Haven't we given the future to China by massively re-locating our factories and research over there? What of the patriotism of corporate leaders?

May. 31 2011 12:28 PM
Saul Gitlin from White Plains, NY

Question for Dr. Kissinger:
Before he and President Nixon went to China, the United States and China had no formal contact, and China was very much a 'closed door' for all Americans. The China of 1971 was a nuclear nation with a history of armed conflict with the United States (the Korean War), governed by a paramount leader (Mao), in the midst of internal political turmoil and accompanying anti-American rhetoric (the mid-years of the Cultural Revolution), and experiencing a growing rivalry of political and military cliques around the issue of succession. GIVEN THIS BACKGROUND, DOES DR. KISSINGER'S EXPERIENCE IN CHINA PROVIDE ANY LESSONS FOR THE POSSIBLE ROLE OF PERSONAL, PRESIDENTIAL DIPLOMACY IN NORTH KOREA?? SHOULD A SITTING AMERICAN PRESIDENT GO TO PYONGYANG TO ACHIEVE A BREAK-THROUGH?

May. 31 2011 12:26 PM

Has Dr. Kissinger any good advice on how one can remove the blood of thousands from one's hands?

May. 31 2011 12:21 PM

Does Mr. Kissinger have an opinion on what's being called "the Y Article" - where members of the Pentagon are albeit anonymously saying the paradigm of viewing the rest of the world as a threat to the U.S. has outlived its use & the defense budget should be reduced & reallocated?

May. 31 2011 12:15 PM
RK from Queens

For those of us who remember Vietnam, Kissinger's voice is that of a war criminal. Choose not to listen.

May. 31 2011 12:12 PM
Henry from Brooklyn, NY

How can the US remain competitive in the face of China's growing presence on the world stage and control of our purse strings (via ownership of our public debt)

May. 31 2011 12:11 PM

Would WNYC have an al Qaeda terrorist on the Leonard Lopate Show? Or Ratko Mladic? If not, then why is Kissinger -- a far worse war criminal than Mladic or any al Qaeda figure -- okay?

May. 31 2011 12:10 PM
dboy from nyc

Excuse me!

Why is this criminal still being given voice??

He should be in jail!

May. 31 2011 12:09 PM

Don't forget to ask Kissinger if he's still dodging arrest in Europe, Asia and South America for his crimes against humanity. As the Mladic case reminds us, time is no defense.

May. 31 2011 12:03 PM
CL from NYC

Henry Kissinger is a war criminal, and I refuse to listen to the interview with this vile man. If you disagree and/or need convincing, see the famous two-part article by Christopher Hitchens that appeared in Harpers more than ten years ago.

May. 31 2011 11:00 AM

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