Former U.S. Secretary of State, Kissinger, said in a video seminar hosted by the Economic Club of New York on October 7 that the United States and China must discuss the limits beyond which they will not push (each other) in the wake of increasingly fierce conflicts, or risk a repeat of sliding into uncertainty in global politics as before World War I. He also said that the United States must realize that it can no longer gain “unilateral advantage” in economic and strategic terms.
According to a Bloomberg news agency report of the October 7 online event, the dialogue was held between now 97 years old Kissinger and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York President, economist Williams. Kissinger said the leaders of the U.S. and China must explore the boundaries beyond which threats can not be pushed and also how they are to be defined. “You could say that is not possible to do that but then we would be in a situation similar to World War I”. Kissinger said in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the conventional wisdom was that war between the great powers was unthinkable, as it is today.
Kissinger also said at the conference that Washington needs a different way of thinking to understand the complexity of the world, and that no one country can “achieve absolute (unchallenged) strategic and economic advantage over the other (country)”. He argued that the nature of emerging technologies and industries makes the current US-China conflict particularly dangerous because technologies such as artificial intelligence can lead to zero-sum thinking and winner-takes-all outcomes, and the development of conceptual frameworks that can address these issues lags behind advances in technological thinking.