United States at Edge of War With China and Russia, Weighs In Henry Kissinger
WASHINGTON - Henry Kissinger, former United States Secretary of State during the Kennedy Administration, in an analytical statement of world events, is saying that the United States is "Teetering on the brink of war" with China and Russia and owns some responsibility for its manifestation.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Kissinger stated, "We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it is supposed to lead to."
Kissinger stated that the only way forward was to "create options" and tension acceleration avoidance. One plausible suggestion he made was allowing Russia to keep Crimea and parts of the Donbas region as an agreement with Kyiv.
Russia's special military operation, which began in February 2022, has changed Kissinger's views on how to treat Ukraine. When the conflict ceases, Ukraine, somehow, must be recognized and treated as a member of NATO, officially or not.
Prior to Russia's operation, he stated that Ukraine always seemed to fill a buffer gap, much like Finland and Sweden have in the past, remaining a neutral country, though even that has changed with Finland and Sweden being formally recognized as current NATO approved applicants.
Kissinger, who has become known as a global diplomat following his U.S. political appointments, suggested a settlement in Ukraine to restore it prior to the invasion, before February, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in May 2022.
According to Bloomberg in mid-July, Kissinger discussed the evolving China situation and stated the United States needed to remain flexible, in what he termed as "Nixonian flexibility." Kissinger went on to give President Biden a warning about "endless confrontations" with China and stated that the U.S. should take notice and restrain itself from allowing U.S. domestic politics to interfere with China's stability in the global arena. He did counter his statement by stating that it was important to prevent China or any other foreign entity from enforcing its own dominance, but could not be gained by constantly engaging with China through confrontation.
In the Wall Street Journal, Kissinger also stated that he is worried as he sees the world merging into a state of what he called "dangerous disequilibrium" and is on a course without purpose.
"I think that the current period has a great trouble defining a direction. It's very responsive to the emotion of the moment... We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it's supposed to lead to... How to marry our military capacity to our strategic purposes, and how to relate those to our moral purposes is an unsolved problem." - Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, Kennedy Administration, WEF Current Member
When asked if he would have done anything differently in his past negotiations, Kissinger replied that he does not torture himself with whether or not things could've been done differently. Kissinger was a key figure in the 70s in regards to de-escalating tensions with China under the Nixon Administration, as well as being Secretary of State during the war in Vietnam.
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