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Western powers and China are at risk of sleepwalking into nuclear war due to a miscalculation, the UK’s national security adviser warned on Wednesday. online news
Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Stephen Lovegrove noted that during the Cold War the West and the US benefited from a series of negotiations with the Soviet Union, which meant that the two sides could understand each other relatively well, thus reducing the risk of a direct clash.
“This gave us both a higher level of confidence that we would not miscalculate our way into nuclear war. Today, we do not have the same foundations with others who may threaten us in the future – particularly with China,” Lovegrove said, adding that for this reason the UK welcomes the planned talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.