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World enters ‘dangerous new era’, with proliferation of deadly advanced weapons: UK Security Chief


West threatens to stumble into nuclear conflict with China because we don’t talk to our enemies, British security chief warns

  • National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove warns of ‘new security order’
  • West must prevent Russia and China from pursuing uncontrolled ‘perhaps right agendas’
  • Speech in DC: ‘Technical changes increase the damage potential of more available weapons’
  • He added: ‘We will continue to hold Russia accountable for destabilizing actions’

The West and China are at risk of nuclear war as the world enters a ‘dangerous new era’, Britain’s national security chief warned.

National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove urged caution amid an altered ‘security order’, with technological advances making weapons more deadly and more abundant.

He said there was a risk of nuclear war with Russia or China there because communication between conflicting world powers has been cut.

In a striking address to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Mr. Lovegrove added that “NATO’s strategic stability is in jeopardy.”

On the bipolar international order of the Cold War, he said: “The monolithic blocs of NATO and the USSR were able to arrive at a shared understanding of doctrine.

This gave us a higher level of confidence that we would not miscalculate our path to nuclear war.

“Today we don’t have the same base with others who can threaten us, especially China. We need to create space for dialogue to build trust and fight disinformation. The UK strongly supports US President Biden’s proposed talks with China as an important step.”

Now, Lovegrove warned, the West faces “a much wider range of strategic risks and avenues to escalation.”

Lovegrove said that “regional aggressive powers” Russia and China pose a new threat to the West because the post-Cold War world order no longer requires continued dialogue. Pictured: A Chinese frigate and a missile destroyer take part in a parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Washington DC headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Whitehall National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove made the striking warning this afternoon

Left: The Washington DC headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Right: National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove made the striking warning this afternoon

He said: ‘During the Cold War, thanks to Herman Kahn, we thought in terms of escalation ladders: largely predictable, linear processes that could be monitored and responded to.

“These are all compounded by Russia’s repeated violations of its treaty obligations, and the pace and scale with which China is expanding its nuclear and conventional arsenals and the disregard it has shown for entering into arms control agreements.”

There are as many as 23 countries in possession of special land attack cruise missiles.

That’s not to count the growing list of nuclear powers, with Iran reportedly at a “breakthrough moment” in spreading its apocalyptic missiles.

NATO must be “eternally vigilant” for rogue states developing the weapons, he added, which could lead to nuclear arms races between regional neighbors.

“We have clear concerns about China’s nuclear modernization program,” explained the head of Britain’s national security service, “which will increase both the number and type of nuclear weapons systems in his arsenal.

“Combined, this is a daunting prospect.”

Commenting on the recent 150-day passage since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mr Lovegrove described the war as “a manifestation of a much broader struggle unfolding over the successor to the post-Cold War international order.”

“We have clear concerns about China’s nuclear modernization program,” added Mr Lovegrove. Pictured: Chinese soldiers sit atop rocket launchers in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square

“This match has profound implications,” he said.

It will decide whether we live in a world where regionally aggressive powers like China and Russia can pursue unchecked ‘power is good’ agendas – or a world where all states can guarantee their sovereignty, competition doesn’t turn into conflict, and we work together. to protect the planet.’

Whitehall’s chief of security also proposed four “integrated arms control principles” to protect the West from erratic actions by hostile states.

NATO members and their allies must strengthen ‘red lines’ against bad behaviour, ‘broaden the conversation’ involving traditional superpowers to include all countries, focus on dialogue towards – as Churchill said – ‘jaw-jaw, no war ‘, and finally ‘take early action to renew and strengthen confidence-building measures’.

That means growing confidence in the international order, he said, to “remove the causes of mistrust, fear, tension and hostility.”


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