The former head of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense of the United States, Robert Gates, compared the US Cold War with the USSR and China.
The politician admitted that the rivalry between Washington and Beijing should not be called the Cold War. The main reason is that this creates a false impression of the problem: in fact, the “contest” between the American and Chinese sides is much more difficult, Gates believes.
Thus, the rivalry with the Soviet Union was facilitated by the “discrepancy in economic development.” “But China presents a very different challenge for us because it is a power that operates on many levels. It has an economic power that rivals ours,” the former head of the CIA admitted.
He added that Beijing already uses the tools that the United States resorted to during the Cold War with the USSR. Meanwhile, Washington does not yet have a strategy for dealing with the Chinese side at all levels.
Earlier, Gates also said that the United States has exhausted the possibility of putting pressure on Russia with sanctions because it has imposed too many of them. At the same time, many restrictions affect ordinary Russian citizens, although the measures should be applied against the country’s officials.