Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger raised the specter of war in Asia as tension between China and Japan played out at a global security conference.
“Asia is more in a position of 19th-century Europe, where military conflict is not ruled out,” Kissinger, 90, said on a panel at the meeting in Munich, Germany, February 1. “Between Japan and China, the issue for the rest of us is that neither side be tempted to rely on force to settle the issue.”
Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Party Congress, told the conference earlier that China’s relationship with Japan is “probably at its worst” amid a territorial dispute. China will take action to maintain stability in the region, she said.
A deepening conflict between the two nations over a chain of islands in the East China Sea threatens security in the region as the countries escalate rhetoric over their World War II past.
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