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Kissinger warns Biden of endless confrontation with China

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Kissinger warns Biden of endless confrontation with China

Fri, 07/22/2022 - 17:30
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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger argues that geopolitics today require "Nixonian flexibility" to ease conflicts between the US and China, as well as between Russia and the rest of Europe. Warning that China should not become a global hegemon, the man who helped restore US-China ties in the 1970s said President Biden should be careful not to let domestic politics interfere with "the importance of understanding China's durability".

"Biden and previous administrations were too influenced by the domestic aspects of the view of China," Kissinger, 99, said Tuesday in New York in an interview with Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait. "Of course, it is important to prevent the hegemony of China or any other country." But "it's not something that can be achieved through endless conflict," he added in an interview produced by Intelligence Squared US and How To Academy. He previously said that the adversarial relationship between the US and China risks a global "catastrophe comparable to the First World War".

Referring to the effectiveness of today's European leaders - from France's Emmanuel Macron to Germany's Olaf Scholz - Kissinger says it makes him sad that the current European leadership does not have the sense of direction and mission" that previous heads of state, such as Adenauer and de Gaulle, had.

On the biggest European crisis - the Russian war in Ukraine - Kissinger said that the comments he made earlier this year about the starting point for a negotiated end to the war were wrongly published. Saying he thinks the moment for talks is getting closer, he said discussions on the future of Crimea should be left for negotiations, not determined before the conflict is stopped. Also, Kissinger does not see a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the next decade.

And regarding the turmoil surrounding Brexit, Kissinger said that de Gaulle's point of view - that Great Britain "would never wholeheartedly become a member of the European community" - proved to be justified.

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