Exclusive: Kissinger Dismisses Claims US Inaction Gave Up Paracels

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has denied signing any agreement with the Chinese government decades ago to pave the way for Beijing to occupy the disputed archipelago in the South China Sea. Kissinger said this week at the Vietnam War Summit in Austin, Texas, that the Paracel Islands — the focal point of friction between Hanoi and Beijing — was not as important as other issues at that time. “The American position with respect to the islands has been that we do not...

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