Dr. Brzezinski played an instrumental, but often overlooked, role in the normalization of U.S.-China relations.
By Chi Wang
The Diplomat - July 01, 2017
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski passed away on May 26. In the wake of his
passing, I was initially surprised by how little fanfare surrounded the
news of his death, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. After all, Dr.
Brzezinski had always been a humble and private man, not seeking praise
or attention for his countless accomplishments. His legacy, however,
should not be forgotten. The impact he made on the United States and
China should be remembered and given the attention it deserves.
Dr. Brzezinski should be remembered as a respected political
strategist, influential adviser, and global scholar. He pursued his
endeavors with great integrity, honesty, and humility. Some of his key
accomplishments can best be embodied by the text of the Presidential
Medal of Freedom awarded to him by President Jimmy Carter in 1981, which
Zbigniew Brzezinski served his country and the world.
An author and architect of world affairs, his strategic vision of
America’s purpose fused principle with strength. His leadership has been
instrumental in building peace and ending the estrangement of the
Chinese and American people. But above all, he helped set our nation
irrevocably on a course that honors America’s abiding commitment to