Xi Jinping Meets Henry Kissinger, Discusses US-China Ties  
Xi Jinping Meets Henry Kissinger, Discusses US-China Ties  Henry Kissinger meets Xi Jinping at the Great Halll of the People on December 2, 2016 In Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Nicolas Asouri - Pool / Getty Images)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Beijing, saying China will work closely with the US at a new to maintain the smooth transition of ties and stable growth.

Xi appreciated Kissinger's contribution to China-US relations over the past years, saying the stable growth of US-China ties meets the fundamental interests of the two nations and has helped with peace, stability and prosperity.

Kissinger told Xi that he believes it is the expectation of the US new administration to facilitate sustained, stable and better growth of US-China relations, Xinhua news agency reported.

In the nearly 90-minute meeting, Xi said the two countries should properly handle their different views and divergences in a constructive manner. Kissinger, a regular visitor to China, said he hopes to continue efforts in boosting understanding and cooperation between the two countries.

As a trailblazer for US-China ties, Kissinger paid a secret visit to China in 1971 which paved way for the establishment of US-China diplomatic ties in 1979.

With inputs from IANS.

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