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Veteran diplomat also says advances in nuclear technology and artificial intelligence – where China and the US are both leaders – have multiplied the doomsday threat Strains between Washington and Beijing pose “the biggest problem” for the world
Published on May 8, 2021 12:27 AM

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Henry Kissinger said technology has power ‘beyond what anybody imagined 70 years ago’ in the cold war of the 1950s. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images
Former US national security adviser Henry Kissinger has warned that strains between Washington and Beijing pose "the biggest problem" for the world, and a failure to improve them risks a "cold war" between the world's two largest economies.

"It's the biggest problem for America; it's the biggest problem for the world. 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," Kissinger told the McCain Institute's Sedona Forum on global issues.

Kissinger's comments come at a time when President Biden's administration has vowed to pursue "stiff competition" with China. On Friday, the US defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, also warned that "the way we fight the next major war is going to look very different from the way we fought the last ones".

Kissinger, who as an adviser to president Richard Nixon crafted Washington's rapprochement with Beijing in the early 1970s, said the mix of economic, military and technological strengths of the two superpowers carried more risks than the cold war with the Soviet Union...