Singapore’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Kishore Mahbubani, has warned of the chance of a nuclear war between the US and China. The Taiwan conflict could escalate if Washington does not adhere to its one-China policy, Mahbubani said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Media Programme Asia in Singapore. China is “a rational actor in all fields, with one exception: on Taiwan, China is an emotional actor,” he said. Should Washington or Taipei, on the other hand, try to push through Taiwan’s independence, contrary to US President Joe Biden’s assurances, a “red line” would be crossed for Beijing, warns the high-profile, but in part also controversial political observer.
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