[Global Network Reporter Suo Yanqi Zhang Jiangping] “Henry Kissinger reviewed the world when he was 100 years old.” The Daily published an article on this topic on the 26th. The author is Tunku Varadarajan, a researcher at the Institute of Classical Liberalism at the New York University School of Law. It provides views on topics such as the current world order, Sino-US relations, and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The article first mentions that Kissinger sees today’s world in a state of “chaos.” He said that almost all “major countries” are asking themselves basic goals, most of them have no internal goals and are changing or adapting to the new environment, which refers to “a world divided by US-China competition”. He also argues that major powers like India, and many “dependent” countries, “don’t have a dominant view of what they want to achieve in the world” and wonder whether they should “change” the behavior of the superpowers or It is striving for “some degree of autonomy”. He also revealed that Kissinger did not like the word “superpower”.
The article goes on to say that after the “Suez Canal” incident in 1956, some “major countries” managed to deal with the above-mentioned choices. Later, the United Kingdom chose to cooperate closely with the United States, while France chose strategic autonomy, but it was also a policy that was affecting the global balance. On the issue of autonomy “closely related to the United States”.
The article mentioned that Macron’s recent visit to Beijing made it “embarrassing” for France to seek to determine its own global policy. Some critics said he was pandering to China, but Kissinger saw an example of France’s insistence on strategic autonomy: “principle Basically, if you have to implement Western policies, you want your allies to just ask you what they can contribute to your goals, but that’s not how countries are formed, so I agree with Macron.”
The article said that Kissinger did not take the “literal meaning” of calling on Europe not to be a “vassal” of the United States after his recent visit to China. He seemed to attribute Macron’s remarks to cultural factors. “The way the French discuss it is to convince their opponents of their own stupidity.” Kissinger also said that the British would “try to bring you into their logical framework and convince you,” while the French would try to make you think what you thought not good enough.
According to previous media reports, Macron said in an interview after his visit to China last month that Europe must strengthen its strategic autonomy and reduce its dependence on the United States. In this regard, voices in Europe both support and oppose Macron’s remarks. In France, right-wing politician Marine Le Pen praised Macron for saying that he should not be a vassal of the United States, but disagreed with his talk of EU sovereignty. European Council President Michel publicly stated that European leaders are increasingly supporting Macron’s proposition of avoiding becoming a “follower of the United States” and strengthening strategic autonomy.
Talking about Sino-US relations, the article stated that Kissinger said that the last two US presidents wanted to force China to make concessions, but he thought this approach was quite wrong. “I think the art (of diplomacy) is (the United States) presenting its relationship with China as a state of mutual concern, where an agreement is reached and both sides think it’s best for them. This is my Like diplomatic skills,” Kissinger said.
According to the article, in Kissinger’s view, the current Biden administration’s China policy is no better than Trump’s, “basically the same. Our policy is to declare China as an opponent and then force the opponent to make concessions. We believe that these concessions will prevent it from fulfilling its (desire) to be overbearing.”
“(So) Does Kissinger regard China as an adversary?” The article went on to say that Kissinger was careful in his choice of words when answering the question. “I see China as a dangerous potential adversary, given the power it represents,” he said. different and opposed to each other”.
Therefore, the article mentioned that in order to prevent war between the United States and China, the United States needs to restrain blind confrontation and seek dialogue with China. “The most important dialogue that can take place now is between the leaders of two countries, each recognizing that they have the most dangerous capabilities in the world and will implement their respective policies in a way that reduces the likelihood of military conflict.” Kissinger explain.
According to the article, Kissinger was also asked how to evaluate China’s “ambition”, in which he said calmly that what China seeks is “security”, not “world domination”. At the same time, he believes that China really wants to become a dominant force in Asia.
Speaking of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, an article in the Wall Street Journal stated that Kissinger expressed support for the Biden administration. He hoped that the conditions for ending the war would include the “return of all territories except Crimea” to Ukraine. “For Russia, Sevastopol has never been part of Ukraine historically, and losing the region would be such a sign of decline that the cohesion of the country would be in jeopardy. I think it’s very important for Ukraine (crisis) It’s not advisable for the future world.”