Statement of Henry M. Paulson, Jr. on the Passing of Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger was a towering figure in foreign policy and US-China relations. Kissinger was a visionary who understood the power of diplomacy, the value of cooperation, and the risk of isolation. He was a tireless champion for peace who helped change the world for the better when he worked with President Nixon to open relations with China. Kissinger had an unmatched breadth of knowledge spanning everything from foreign policy to artificial intelligence. He remained engaged on the big issues until his death. And, in recent years, as the US-China relationship has become increasingly fraught, he continued to be a constructive voice for clear-eyed engagement. I had the privilege of working with him on China issues for decades and calling him a friend. I will miss him and his wisdom.