On Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States and China to engage in discussion, warning that the world is becoming increasingly divided, according to France 24.
“I fear our world is creeping towards two different sets of economic, trade, financial and technology rules, two divergent approaches in the development of artificial intelligence — and ultimately two different military and geopolitical strategies,” Guterres said as he opened the annual UN General Assembly.
“This is a recipe for trouble. It would be far less predictable than the Cold War. To restore trust and inspire hope, we need cooperation,” he said.
“We need dialogue. We need understanding.”
The summit will feature US President Joe Biden’s first address to the UN, in which he describes a growing and authoritarian China as the greatest challenge of the twenty-first century.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Chinese President Xi Jinping will also deliver a video address to the United Nations.
Divisions between the two authorities, according to Guterres, have hampered progress on other vital issues, such as undoing coups.
Military forces have taken control of Myanmar and Guinea since February, while Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has fallen to the Taliban.
“We are also seeing an explosion in seizures of power by force. Military coups are back. The lack of unity among the international community does not help,” Guterres said.
“Geopolitical divisions are undermining international cooperation and limiting the capacity of the Security Council to take the necessary decisions.”