Kissinger announced a world on the brink of war and imbalance

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Henry Kissinger announced a world on the verge of war with Russia and China and an imbalance The former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger sees the basis of world balance in the balance of power with the recognition of the legitimacy of “sometimes opposing values”

Henry Kissinger

Modern the world is on the brink of a dangerous imbalance as the United States of America is drawn into conflict with Russia and China for no apparent purpose, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told The Wall Street Journal.

“We are on the verge of war with Russia and China because of the problems that we have partly created, with no idea how it will end or where it should lead,” — he said.

Kissinger also wondered if the US could deal with two adversaries at once by turning them against each other, as happened under President Richard Nixon.

US President Richard Nixon visited China in February 1972 and met with the head of the Communist Party of China, Mao Zedong. This marked the beginning of a new stage in relations between Washington and Beijing, a greater opening of China to the world and a change in the balance of power in the Cold War. The improvement of relations with China was overseen by Kissinger, who in those years was Nixon's national security adviser.

The ex-secretary of state believes that there are two levels of balance. The first, which he called “absolute equilibrium,” is “a kind of balance of power with the recognition of the legitimacy of sometimes opposing values.” “Because if you think that the end result of your efforts should be the imposition of your values, then I think the balance is impossible,” he noted.

Another level— recognition of limitations on the use of one's own forces against that which can destroy the balance in the world. This is what Kissinger calls a combination that requires “almost artistic skill.”

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Previously, Kissinger expressed the opinion that the crisis in Ukraine could be provoked by the careless policy of the United States and NATO. In his opinion, the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin on security issues should be taken seriously, and the signals of the North Atlantic Alliance to Kyiv about possible membership were a mistake.

Kissinger considers it logical that Poland and other “traditionally Western countries” join NATO. Ukraine does not belong to this category, because it is the territory “which the Russians consider their own.” Ukraine's role as a buffer between the West and Russia would contribute to stability, Kissinger says. “I was for the complete independence of Ukraine, but I thought that something like Finland would be the best role for it,” — he noted.

In the current situation, after the start of the Russian special operation, Kissinger considers it necessary to “treat Ukraine as a NATO member.” In his opinion, it is possible to resolve the conflict by retaining for Russia part of the territories that it has acquired since 2014.

Relations between the United States and Russia continued to deteriorate in 2022, mainly due to the special operation in Ukraine. Washington and its allies have imposed several packages of sanctions on Moscow and are providing military assistance to Kyiv. The Russian authorities explained the special operation, including the potential threat from NATO and the fact that the West is using Ukraine in the fight against Russia.

The crisis in US-China relations began in April, when Taiwan (Republic of China, partially recognized a state that the PRC considers its province) a delegation of six American congressmen arrived to meet with the president of the island, Tsai Ing-wen. Beijing criticized the trip and urged Washington to stop taking steps to support Taiwan's independence.

In early August, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited the island. China responded by imposing sanctions against it and began military exercises with live missile launches off the coast of Taiwan. State Department head Anthony Blinken called Beijing's reaction to Pelosi's trip unjustified, disproportionate and provocative.

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