Secretary-General António Guterres warned the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday that the world has become increasingly defined by the “great fracture” between Washington and Beijing.
In a doom-laden speech, he said the United States and China are “moving in a very dangerous direction,” with divisions based on trade and technology that could easily escalate into a military conflict.
“We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War. We are moving in a very dangerous direction,” Guterres told the largely virtual summit. “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture.”
He added, “A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”
The summit marked the U.N.’s 75th anniversary but there was little in the way