From the 1970s to the Coronavirus Pandemic: How an “Old Friend” of the CCP Shaped U.S. Policy

Jan. 25, 2021 | By Minghui correspondents Ji Zhenyan, Yang Yiran, and Yan Ming

( The United States Department of Defense (DOD) announced on November 25, 2020, that it was replacing its entire Defense Policy Board. Among the 11 consultants removed from the board, the most significant figure is Henry Kissinger, whom the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has called its “old friend.”

A Jewish refugee, Kissinger fled Nazi Germany at the age of 15 with his family in 1938. He became National Security Adviser in 1969 and Secretary of State in 1973 under President Richard Nixon.

Instead of learning the appropriate lessons from his early experience with the totalitarian Nazi regime, Kissinger has been embracing the CCP all along – facilitating its talking with the U.S. in the 1970s, helping the CCP evade the consequences of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, facilitating the CCP’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in early 2001, and even downplaying the CCP’s role in the coronavirus pandemic.

Even Nixon realized the fatal mistake of colluding with the CCP. “In his Watergate-forced retirement, he told his former speechwriter: “We may have created a Frankenstein” (mistaking the monster for its creator),” stated an October 2020 article in The Hill titled, “Henry Kissinger is decades late in recognizing China’s aggressive nature.”

“But, it seemed for Kissinger there was never the right time or opportunity to promote change in China,” the article continued, “whereas Nixon, out of office, seemed inclined to return to his original thinking about ‘Red China’s’ danger to the world, Kissinger remained insouciant, because political reform in China never had been on his geopolitical agenda.”

The “Kissinger Era”

During the Cold War, from 1949 to 1971, Western countries were wary of the threat from CCP-controlled China. Kissinger, despite the American people’s objection, secretly went to China in July 1971. He then facilitated President Nixon’s “ice-breaking” trip to China in 1972, opening the door to Western countries, especially to the U.S.

In his memoir, Nixon talked about his handshake with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai after stepping out of Air Force One in Beijing. “When our hands met, one era ended, and another began.”

Kissinger visited China more than 80 times since, over 20 times in a personal capacity. He was the only foreign dignitary to be received by all five generations of top CCP leaders.

The U.S. imposed a series of sanctions on the CCP after the Tiananmen Massacre, decrying its egregious human rights violations. Kissinger lobbied the government to lift the sanctions. Being the first Western top official who contacted Beijing secretly after the massacre, he placated the CCP leaders, saying that they only did what a leader of every other country would do when facing their people’s confrontation (demanding democracy). He also privately guaranteed the CCP that the U.S. sanctions would be lifted and that he would help behind the scenes, telling them to just give him some time and the direction of the wind would change.

Using the National Committee on United States–China Relations, Kissinger established a huge lobby group for the CCP in the United States. Kissinger and the group defended the CCP on trade and human rights violations and tried to influence U.S. policy.

Kissinger was successful in helping the CCP to avoid the Tiananmen Massacre sanctions, which the U.S. ended quickly. He and others also convinced the U.S. and the international community to accept the CCP into the WTO. While ignoring the human rights issues in China, they helped connect Wall Street with Chinese slave labor.

The CCP’s official media said, “At every key moment in Sino-U.S. Relations, one can find Kissinger’s figure.”

Kissinger published a book, On China in 2011. The Chinese media praised it loudly even before the Chinese version was published. In the book, Kissinger barely touched upon the CCP’s totalitarian rule and the tens of millions of deaths during Mao Zedong’s era. He defended the CCP’s killing of students and citizens on June 4, 1989 and completely ignored the CCP’s ongoing, severe human rights violations. He also echoed the CCP mouthpiece’s message, praising China’s stability, development, and rise as a great power.

He promoted communism’s “new world order” theory over the past few years, hiding the fact that there exists the fundamental, constant threat from the CCP in the free world.

In the past 50 years, Kissinger has been lobbying for and glorifying the CCP. His theory of establishing good U.S.-China relations has influenced eight U.S. presidents in adopting an appeasement policy towards the CCP, sending huge amounts of capital and advanced technology from the West, especially from the U.S., to China. This has served to strengthen the CCP and support the CCP’s global hegemony. In the meantime, his theory has inflicted severe damage to the traditional American values of defending the Republic, safeguarding freedom, and upholding human rights.

The “Kissinger Era” is an era in which some U.S. politicians sold out American interests, fed the CCP, and grew the socialist agenda around the world.

Deviation from Principles for Money

In 2012, an assistant to a Deputy Director of China’s Ministry of State Security provided the CIA with a large number of CCP secret documents. He revealed that the CCP is buying out retired high-ranking officials from many countries to lobby for Beijing, with Kissinger being the most typical example.

Kissinger left public office in 1977. He served as a senior consultant at a few companies, including Chase Bank and RAND Corporation.

He founded his consulting firm Kissinger Associates, Inc. in 1982, recruiting a group of political figures from the U.S. and the U.K. and multinational entrepreneurs as directors. Kissinger Associates’ main business is to help companies to develop the Chinese market.

About 90% of its clients are American or European companies, including JPMorgan Chase, American Express, Budweiser, AIG, Coca-Cola, GTE Communications, Heinz Foods, Boeing, Daewoo, Merck, Volvo, Fiat, Boeing and Revlon.

The company’s profits were 5 million dollars in 1987 and that amount doubled in the 1990s. Kissinger’s salary surpassed 8 million dollars per year. The company’s revenue exceeded 100 million in 2001.

On the wall of Kissinger’s office are displayed many pictures of leaders from different countries, including images of him with the five CCP heads: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping.

Kissinger’s intimate connection with the CCP has greatly benefited both the CCP and Kissinger. The CCP allowed Kissinger to run his consulting business smoothly in China while Kissinger helped the CCP to lobby for certain U.S. policies.

Kissinger visited Chongqing on June 28, 2011, at the age of 88, when Bo Xilai was Chongqing’s communist party chief. Kissinger openly praised Bo as a legendary person in China. Privately, he participated in a “red songs” party (singing CCP songs to praise the party) and gave high comments on Bo’s “sing the red (songs) and strike the black (mafia)” campaign. The Chongqing media made high-profile reports on his visit.

According to CCP insiders, Bo Xilai asked his followers to sacrifice their business interests to Kissinger, in exchange for his praise of the “Chongqing Model,” which Bo used to bid for political advancement. Kissinger received about $160 million from Chongqing. Bo, former governor of Liaoning Province, was one of the key perpetrators of the forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China. In 2013 he was found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

When Xi Jinping took the top leadership position in 2013, he talked a lot about the “China Dream.” Kissinger echoed that the China Dream and American Dream are the same. People from both China and the U.S. asked, “How much does the CCP pay Kissinger?”

The U.S. Senate Arms Committee held a hearing in 2018. Kissinger, 95, once again stressed the “rise of China” as a necessity of policy and history.

He wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal in April 2020, stating that the coronavirus pandemic would change the world order forever and called for defending the principles of the free world order, i.e., a politically and economically integrated world. Without in any way mentioning the CCP’s false propaganda and its role in the global plague disaster, Kissinger asked U.S. officials not to lose sight of the urgent task of establishing a parallel enterprise to transition to a post-coronavirus order.

His request to the U.S. government was interpreted as support for the new world order in which the CCP enjoys global domination.

When the Trump administration was aggressively uniting with allies to contain the CCP, Kissinger called on the next U.S. administration to engage in dialogue with the CCP authorities as soon as possible, at the opening session of the web conference “2020 New Economy Forum” on November 16, 2020.

A New Era Begins

Kissinger is viewed as the “Chief Designer” of pro-CCP policy.

Democracy, freedom, and human rights are the foundation of the United States and also the moral flag that the U.S. holds in the world. However, Kissinger’s philosophy is to live for the moment and “everything is for money,” to the extent that he would compromise or collaborate with a totalitarian regime and their extreme forces.

Though this philosophy might help a smaller elite group to gain tons of money, it is damaging to the United States and to the American people since it deviates from national interests and traditional values.

The DOD’s removal of Kissinger showed that the United States cherishes its founding principles, freedom, and universal values. The removal is a game-changing event. The era that the communist leaders and Kissinger established has ended. The new era that begins is the era for people to return to tradition, justice, and righteous belief.