UN chief Antonio Guterres warns China, US to avoid new Cold War

UN chief warns China, US to avoid new Cold War
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations chief Antonio Guterres implored the United States and China to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large economies and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the rest of the planet.

In an interview with The Associated Press, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced his concerns about Covid, climate changes and contentiousness across the planet.

Guterres said the world’s two major economies should be negotiating more robustly on trade and technology and cooperating on climate even given persisting political fissures about online security, human rights, economics and sovereignty in the South China Sea.

Guterres said: “Unfortunately, today we only have confrontation.”

Urging to re-establishing a functional relationship between the US and China, he said it is “essential to address the problems of vaccination, the problems of climate change and many other global challenges that cannot be solved without constructive relations within the international community and mainly among the superpowers.”

Guterres warned global leaders two years ago about the risk of the world splitting in two, with China and the United States creating rival internets, financial rules, currency, trade, “and their own zero-sum geopolitical and military strategies.”

He reiterated that warning in the interview with AP, adding that two rival military and geopolitical strategies would pose “dangers” and divide the world.

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