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UN Secretary-General urged to avoid a "Cold War" between the U.S. and China

There are issues on which interests coincide, and there are issues where serious negotiations are needed, says Antonio Guterres.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for avoiding a "Cold War" between the U.S. and China. He said this in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Sept. 20.

Guterres acknowledged that confrontation is inevitable on some issues — human rights, a number of geostrategic issues, such as the situation in the South China Sea.

"There are also issues where I think the interests coincide and where there should be close cooperation — such as the climate. And then there are issues where serious negotiations are needed: trade and technology. Unfortunately, right now there is the only confrontation. It is necessary to restore functional relations between the two states," the UN Secretary-General stressed.

He warned that things are now heading toward a new Cold War, but this must be avoided.

"We need to avoid at all costs a Cold War, which will be different from the past (between the U.S. and the USSR) and probably more difficult to manage," Guterres summed up.

Earlier, the media wrote that Chinese leader Xi Jinping rejected U.S. President Joe Biden's offer for a meeting. Instead, sources said, the Chinese leader suggested that Biden adopt less aggressive rhetoric toward China.

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