The US regime needs to rethink its hegemony and talk to China about imposing limits on their competition, because the alternative is the creation of conditions similar to those that preceded World War I, Henry Kissinger has warned.
The USA has the same attitude today, never imagining that another country could or would turn and bite back. That could be a serious miscalculation. Only no one had nuclear weapons or dissuasion in pre-WW1 Europe.
China is booming economically and is not stupid or reckless. Last thing it wants is a costly and disastrous conflict. I’m not so sure about the other side or the psychotic western ideologues that will emerge after the Trump administration is done.
The post-Trump administrations and its potential Kissinger like crackpots is what concerns the world the most. Not China.
However, the development of technology like artificial intelligence (AI) has ushered a leap forward possibly unlike any other since the introduction of the printing press, making the world too complex for unilateralism.
Washington needs “a new way of thinking” that would acknowledge that today no country is able to “achieve such a unilateral superiority in both strategy and economics that nobody will be in a position to threaten” it.
The former diplomat issued his warning on Wednesday during a virtual event hosted by the Economic Club of New York. Economist John Williams, who chairs the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was the other guest at the discussion.
The Trump administration has pursued confrontation with China on several fronts. Among other things, it imposed higher consumer tariffs on Chinese exports to the USA, pressured Chinese tech and communications companies out of American markets, and attempted to blame Beijing for the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anti-Chinese rhetoric was somewhat adopted by his Democratic rival in the presidential election, Jesuit Catholic Joe Biden, who once championed Chinese accession to the World Trade Organization.
The broad promise to be tough on China, contrary to how the Trump campaign depicts him, may or may not translate into policy, in the event that Biden wins the presidency in November.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Politics News 2020.