The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres notably returned to the recent agreement for the sale of submarines to Australia, a symbol according to him of the “completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States”.
In an interview with the Associated Press on September 20, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres corrected a potential new cold war, calling on China and the United States to restore their “completely dysfunctional relationship” , before the UN General Assembly to be held from September 21 to 27.
Unfortunately today we only have one showdown
Antonio Guterres called on the two great powers to cooperate on climate and negotiate on trade and technology issues, despite persistent political disputes over human rights, the economy, cybersecurity and sovereignty in the China Sea southern.
“Unfortunately, today we have only one confrontation”, declared the Portuguese, according to whom it is necessary “to restore a functional relationship between the two powers”. A necessity, he said, “to solve the problems of vaccination, climate change and many other global challenges which cannot be solved without constructive relations within the international community and in particular among the superpowers”.
“We must avoid at all costs a cold war that would be different from the previous one, and probably more dangerous and more difficult to manage,” he warned, stressing in particular that the agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom United to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines so that they can operate undetected in Asia “is just a small piece of a more complex puzzle”, namely the “completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States ”.
China reacted strongly on September 16, qualifying the acquisition of these submarines as “extremely irresponsible” and in particular threatening stability in the Indo-Pacific region. She also pointed out that this contract called into question international nuclear non-proliferation efforts.