“Our leaders and their leaders need to discuss the limits beyond which mutual threats can end. And then find a way to drive after it for a long time. You could say it’s downright impossible. If you are right and it is absolutely impossible, we are heading for a situation similar to the First World War “, said Kissinger, 97, on Wednesday, at a virtual meeting organized by the Club of Economists in New York.

Kissinger, who mediated the rapprochement with China during Nixon’s presidency, said the goal at the time was a balance of power against the Soviet Union. Nixon’s former security adviser explained that he is increasingly concerned about a new Cold War between China and the United States triggered by technological innovations that have changed the geopolitical landscape.

The United States needs a “different way of thinking” to understand that the world is now too complex, and one country “cannot achieve that unilateral superiority from a strategic and economic point of view so that no one can threaten it.”

In a July speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of China’s global ambitions, describing a bleak future for Chinese rule.

“If we bend now, our children’s children will be at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party, whose actions are the ultimate challenge for the free world. It must triumph over this new tyranny. “