The risks of tension between Washington and Beijing could lead to an unprecedented military and technological conflict


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                Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger warned Friday, April 30, 2021 that tension between the United States and China threatens the entire world and could lead to an unprecedented conflict between the two giants militarily and technically.

                                    <p>The foreign minister 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, who is 97 years old, added in a forum hosted by the think tank “McCain Institute” that this is “the biggest problem for the United States and the biggest problem for the whole world.”

He explained that although the risk of nuclear conflict was great during the Cold War, technological advances in nuclear weapons and especially artificial intelligence – two sectors led by the United States and China – had doubled the risk of the end of the world.

“For the first time in history, mankind has the capacity to self-destruct in a limited time,” the foreign minister said. “We have developed technologies with a power that would have been unimaginable seventy years ago,” he added.

He continued, “The nuclear issue is now added to the technological issue, which, in the field of artificial intelligence, is based on 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 of great importance.” .

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 stated 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 a huge 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.



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