Henry Kissinger, a former US National Security Adviser and Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has warned of the danger of an open confrontation between the United States and China.
Kissinger, 97, confirmed – in statements to him during a forum organized by the “McCain Institute for International Leadership” in Washington and reported by the British Times ( The Times ) newspaper – that the risk of a nuclear war has exacerbated in recent years, especially due to the growing economic power of China and its technological capabilities.
And while nuclear weapons were already sufficient to harm the entire world during the Cold War of the last century, Kissinger says, the rapid advances in nuclear technology and artificial intelligence – in which both China and the United States occupy center stage together – have doubled the threat of the “mortal annihilation” scenario. “.
“For the first time in history, mankind has the ability to annihilate itself in a short period of time. We have developed a power greater than what anyone imagined even 70 years ago … And now the high-tech and artificial intelligence component is added to the nuclear issue. This matter is of tremendous value in any situation.” A struggle between the leading technological powers.
He noted that the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union focused on competition in the field of nuclear weapons, but the Soviet Union did not have a growing technological capacity like that which China currently possesses, as it became at the same time a “huge economic power and a large military power.”
US President Joe Biden recently described China as the “greatest challenge” facing the United States, considering the rivalry between it and Washington as a competition between authoritarianism and democracies in the world, especially with the emergence of signs of greater cooperation between Beijing and Moscow.
Biden seeks – according to the newspaper – to use the threat of Chinese economic expansion as a main argument to pass his $ 4 trillion infrastructure plans and social spending plans domestically, and seeks to strengthen solidarity among America’s allies in the Pacific Ocean – especially Japan and South Korea – with the escalation of tensions over the actions of Aggressive Beijing in the South China Sea towards both Hong Kong and Taiwan.
On the other hand, Kissinger – whose shuttle diplomacy in the 1970s led to a meeting between US President Richard Nixon and Chinese leader Mao Zedong and to an improvement in US-Chinese relations – renewed his belief that the option of diplomacy is the most appropriate option to address the outstanding problems between the two sides despite its difficulty.
“I am not saying that diplomacy will always lead to beneficial results … This is the complex task entrusted to us … No one has ever succeeded in diplomacy completely,” he said. Advertising
Earlier, Kissinger told the German newspaper Die Welt, that both the United States and China should seek to establish a kind of coexistence between them in the field of artificial intelligence technology instead of each party seeking to overcome the other, saying, “They strive to reach This is desired, because the alternative full-blown conflict scenario is very difficult to imagine its repercussions. “