Former American diplomat Henry Kissinger warned that “the tension between the United States and China threatens the entire world and may lead to an unprecedented conflict between the two giants militarily and technically.”
The Secretary of State under former President Richard Nixon and the architect of the historical rapprochement between Washington and Beijing in the 1970s said that the enormous economic, military and technological capabilities of the two superpowers make the current tension more dangerous than that which occurred in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Kissinger, 98, added in a forum hosted by the McCain Institute that this is “the biggest problem for the United States and the biggest problem for the entire world.”
He explained that although the risk of a nuclear conflict was great during the Cold War, technological progress in the field of nuclear weapons, especially artificial intelligence, two sectors led by the United States and China, has doubled the risk of the end of the world.
He pointed out that “the nuclear issue is now added to the technological issue, which is based on the field of artificial intelligence, and to the fact that man becomes a partner of the machine, and that the machine can develop its own judgment,” considering that “in a military conflict between two technological superpowers, this matter is important. “.
Kissinger believed that this situation could not be compared to the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States after World War II.
He recalled that “the Soviet Union was not an economic power and its technological capabilities were military,” noting that the Soviet Union “did not have the technological development that China enjoys today, which has enormous economic power in addition to its great military power.”
Kissinger said, “The United States should remain firm in the principles and demand that China respect them while maintaining continuous dialogue and finding areas for cooperation with Beijing.”