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Nov 21, 2019 04:31 PM
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Kissinger Says U.S. and China Are in the ‘Foothills of a Cold War’

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said the U.S. and China were in the “foothills of a Cold War,” and warned that the conflict could be worse than World War I if left to run unconstrained.

“That makes it, in my view, especially important that a period of relative tension be followed by an explicit effort to understand what the political causes are and a commitment by both sides to try to overcome those,” Kissinger told a session of the New Economy Forum. “It is far from being too late for that, because we are still in the foothills of a cold war.”

Kissinger also said he hoped trade negotiations would provide an opening to political discussions between the two countries. “Everybody knows that trade negotiations, which I hope will succeed and whose success I support, can only be a small beginning to a political discussion that I hope will take place,” he said.

“China and the United States are countries of a magnitude exceeding that of the Soviet Union and America,” he added. “China is a major economic country and so are we, and so we are bound to step on each other’s toes all over the world.”

Contact editor Yang Ge (geyang@caixin.com)

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