Former Secretary of State Kissinger says the US is on the brink of war with Russia and China
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stated that the US was on the brink of war with Russia and China. He said this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
As Kissinger emphasized, part of the responsibility for the possible development of events lies with Washington. The only thing the U.S. government can do in this situation is “not to escalate, but to look for options” to resolve the situation, he said.
We are on the brink of war with Russia and China over issues we created in part without even imagining how it would end or where it would lead.
The former state secretary also touched on the issue of the conflict in Ukraine. According to him, he previously believed that the “best role” for this country would be “something like Finland”, which is not part of NATO. But in the context of the special operation, Kissinger changed his approach. For now, he believes Ukraine should now be treated as a NATO member, “one way or another, officially or not.”
Kissinger has already warned about the danger of confrontation with China
In July, Kissinger said that continued confrontation would not lead to success in US relations with China. According to the politician, Washington’s main task is to prevent China or any other country from becoming a “world hegemon”. “But this cannot be achieved through constant confrontation,” he said.
At the same time, The Wall Street Journal reported that in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, Russia and China have begun a battle with the United States to strengthen ties with the global south. According to the publication, the Russian government, after the deterioration of “traditional East-West relations”, decided to establish new relations on the “North-South” axis. Moscow has chosen Beijing as its “main ally”, which has “worked on this axis for years, generously trading and investing in (countries) in Asia, Latin America and Africa”.
Later, China’s Consul General in Belfast, Zhang Meifang, pointed out that in the event of a conflict with Russia and China, the United States would be defeated. When superpowers choose to oppose each other instead of cooperating, all sides lose, he said. “And I really do mean everyone! Even those who are considered stronger. A significant loss! Everytime! Guaranteed forever! she clarified.
Experts note the deteriorating situation in the world
Earlier, The Washington Post columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel declared the desire of US politicians for a cold war with China and Russia. The “rabid obsession” with the idea has reached new heights after the escalation around Taiwan, she said. She called the Cold War the comfort zone of the United States, but she also doubted whether this conflict would provide Americans with real security.
Telegraph columnist Roger Bootle described the potential armed conflict between China and the US over Taiwan as an economic and military nightmare for the world. As a result, Taiwan accounts for 15 percent of the world’s exports of goods, including electronics and semiconductors. Therefore, if Beijing succeeds in blocking the island, it will be another blow to the global economy by disrupting global and regional supply chains, says Bootle.
Political scientist Konstantinas Kalačiov said that the situation in the world is really getting worse. “Last time it ended up being a de-escalation of international tensions, although it’s clear that right now we’re ready to de-escalate like the moon,” he said. In his opinion, the third world war could start with the use of nuclear weapons, as well as with the formation of large coalitions.
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