Henry Kissinger to deliver US-China web-talk to Commerce Club

Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger uses the telephone in Deputy National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft's office to get the latest information on the situation in South Vietnam. Credit: White House Photographic Office

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be featured via webcast during Clemson University’s Center for China Studies speaker series meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Commerce Club in Greenville.

Kissinger, who also served as national security advisor under President Richard Nixon, and Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute, will deliver remarks about China and the effect of the country’s rise on American communities.

“The relationship between the U.S. and China is one of the most important bilateral relationships this century,” said Xiaobo Hu, director of Clemson’s Center for China Studies, in a statement. “It’s imperative for us to promote better understanding of China’s development and impact and having (Kissinger and Daly) willing to speak on the issue is an honor for our center and the university.”

Daly will deliver a live talk “Three Ways to Look at China” beginning at 6 p.m. Kissinger’s webcast will begin at 7 p.m.

Hu said Kissinger’s speech will be conducted as a question-and-answer dialogue with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations President Stephen Orlins, who will take questions from the audience via electronic submission.

Kissinger has a unique connection to the Upstate. He was born in Germany and became a U.S. citizen at Camp Croft in Spartanburg County while he was stationed there during World War II.

Kissinger has taught at Harvard University and is chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc., an international consulting firm. While national security advisor, Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations.

Daly previously served as American director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing. He has also worked in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, taught Chinese at Cornell University, helped produce a Chinese-language version of “Sesame Street,” and hosted television programs and played in theater projects in China.

This event is part of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ China Town Hall program, which is also webcasted to other venues across the country.

Clemson’s Center for China Studies Speaker Series event is co-sponsored by Elliott Davis Decosimo, JH Global Services Inc. and the Clemson University Small Business Development Center.

Registration for the event is required. Tickets range from $25 to $35.

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