The former US Secretary of State, who served under President Richard Nixon, famously worked on the 1971 diplomatic easing between Washington and Beijing. Now, Mr Kissinger has told a forum on global issues the US and China’s tensions carry more risks than the Cold War.
Speaking to the McCain Institute's Sedona Forum, Mr Kissinger said he feared the mix of China and the US’ economic, military and technological strengths could lead to a devastating world war.
The former official said tensions with China are "the biggest problem for America, the biggest problem for the world” at the forum.
In response to the tensions between Washington and Beijing, Mr Kissinger called for relations to improve to avoid disaster.
He then told the audience: “Because if we can't solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States."Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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China news: Henry Kissinger warned tensions with Beijing are ‘the biggest problem for the world’ (Image: PA)
China news: The former US Secretary of State stated relations must improve or else ‘all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States’ (Image: PA)
Mr Kissinger then cited both the US and China’s advanced supply of nuclear weapons, which he said multiplied the doomsday threat posed by Russia and Washington in the 1970’s.
He added: “For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time.
“We have developed the technology of a power that is beyond what anybody imagined even 70 years ago.
“And now, to the nuclear issue is added the hi-tech issue, which in the field of artificial intelligence, in its essence is based on the fact that man becomes a partner of machines and that machines can develop their own judgment.
“So in a military conflict between hi-tech powers, it’s of colossal significance.”
China news: Kissinger also noted Beijing and Washington’s nuclear arsenal ‘has