Kissinger says failure to mend U.S.-China trade relations would be ‘worse than the world wars that ruined European civilization’

Lack of a U.S. – China deal could lead to a ‘catastrophic outcome’

Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State and national-security adviser under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has dire warnings about the inability of the U.S. and China to resolve their differences on international trade.

Speaking at the National Committee on U.S. China Relations in New York on Thursday, Kissinger said intensifying Sino-American conflicts would potentially be “worse than world wars,” and added that a prolonged spat could have a “catastrophic outcome.”

The 96-year-old Bavarian-born historian and practitioner of realpolitik, who argues that foreign policy should be based on maintaining a balance of power between nations rather than on ideology, is credited with helping resolve U.S.-China differences in the 1970s and has personally met with the current China President Xi Jinping.